2018 Awards Ceremony

Catholic Biblical School

CBS Small.pngThe Catholic Biblical School (CBS) is a resource for forming and empowering discipleship among adults in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Our Biblical School promotes a lived and deeply-felt relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and his Church through intensive biblical study and prayer.


Students who have completed four years in the Biblical School earn either the Certificate in Advanced Biblical Studies or the Participant Certificate. This year, these eighteen men and women have thoughtfully and prayerfully engaged all 73 books of the Old and New Testaments in the context of the Catholic tradition.

Michael Boyle, Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity (North Haven)
Barbara Bobbie Bryant, Immaculate Conception (Southington)
Epifanio Carrasquillo, Sacred Heart (Bloomfield)
Magdalena Maria Chowaniec, Our Lady of Hope (New Hartford)
Tracey M. Clements, Saint Junipero Serra (South Windsor)
Priscilla Pearl Farley, Precious Blood (Milford)
Debra Z. Farrell, Saint Catherine of Siena (West Simsbury)
Maria T. Galanto, Saint John (Middletown)
William R. Hogan, Saint Mary Star of the Sea (Unionville)
Jean M. Hosier, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Waterbury)
Joseph E. Kapinos, Saints Cyril and Methodius (Hartford)
Sheila E. Masterson, Saints Aeden and Brendan (New Haven)
Regina Mastrianni, Saint Ambrose (North Branford)
Maura M. Stavovy, Saint Mary (New Haven)
Patricia Sward, Saint Joseph (Bristol)
Alfred Tonry, Precious Blood (Milford)
Paula E. Tonry, Precious Blood (Milford)
Lesley Rizzo West, Saint Maximilian Kolbe (Thomaston)


Students who have undertaken additional academic challenges beyond the Advanced Certificate requirements earn 18 college credits and the Saint Thomas Seminary Certificate in Biblical Studies. This year, two women have achieved this distinction.

Roberta J. Alvarez, Assumption (Woodbridge)
Joan K. Carrasquillo, Sacred Heart (Bloomfield)


Students who have completed all requirements for the first two years in the Biblical School earn the Certificate in Basic Biblical Studies. This year, twenty six women and men have thoughtfully and prayerfully engaged eleven foundational books of the Old Testament in Year One and nineteen books of the New Testament in Year Two.

Carlos Alvarez, Our Lady of the Assumption (Woodbridge)
Marla Ane, Saint Maximilian Kolbe (Thomaston)
Lorlene Ann Marie Beck, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Carla Belanger, Saint Andrew (Colchester)
April D. Brilvitch, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Sr. Catherine Brodersen, Mount Sacred Heart (Hamden)
James F. Creagan, Saint Junipero Serra (South Windsor)
Claudia H. Czuka, Saint Michael (Beacon Falls)
Luisa R. Guerra, North American Martyrs (East Hartford)
Wanda Martinez Huertas, North American Martyrs (East Hartford)
Janet V. Hunter, Saint Martin de Porres (New Haven)
Nancy M. Kloczko, Saint Stanislaus (Bristol)
Karen Kula, Prince of Peace (Woodbury)
Jackie LePine, Prince of Peace (Woodbury)
Deborah Methot, Saint Mary (New Haven)
Deborah Lee Pedace, Annunciation (Newington)
Crista Nalani Penrose, Holy Family (Hebron)
James Joseph Pezzulo, Saint Damien Molokai (Windsor)
Sr. Catherine Ann Phillips, Mount Sacred Heart (Hamden)
Doreen Pittinger, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Justine Reina Praxedes, Mount Sacred Heart (Hamden)
Robert J. Ringuette, Our Lady of Hope (New Hartford)
Janette Rodríguez, All Saints (Waterbury)
MaryEllen Schigas, Saint Stanislaus (Bristol)
Judith A. Stonger, Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Hartford)
Sharon D. Vance,Bethesda Apostolic Church (New Britain)


The Fr. Lawrence Boadt Memorial Medal represents the highest honor awarded to graduates of the Catholic Biblical School. Each year, the Boadt medal honors an individual whose life and ministry demonstrates that excellence in the study of Sacred Scripture and that generosity of spirit in fostering devotion to and literacy in the Word of God that Fr. Boadt demonstrated in his life and work.

Cathleen (Cee Cee) Johnson, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)


ELM Leadership Formation Program

ELMLOGO.pngELM is an initiative of the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis which serves to promote greater vitality and vibrancy in our parishes. The ELM Leadership Formation program is an opportunity for lay leaders in parishes to be given a firm ministerial foundation in intellectual, pastoral, spiritual, and human formation. This year, we honor those who began the former Lay Ministry Program in 2016 and completed the new ELM Leadership Formation program in 2018:

Eugene David Edwards, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Tammy Storta Hewitt, Saint Junipero Serra (South Windsor)
Donna Marotto, Saint Junipero Serra (South Windsor)
Georgianna Roy, Saint Gregory the Great (Bristol)
Linda Scala, Most Holy Trinity (Wallingford)

We also honor the memory of Joseph Howard, member of this cohort, who passed away in March 2018.



This award recognizes those dioceses that promote and achieve a quality Catholic Scouting program. It is an opportunity for the National Catholic Committee on Scouting to salute those dioceses who truly deliver exceptional programs to youth members at all levels of Boy Scouts of America programs. When a diocese earns this award, it makes a statement that they have provided their youth members with the highest quality program experience possible. This is the 15th consecutive year the Archdiocese of Hartford has received this award.

The purpose of the “Light of Christ” program is to help the Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With the parents' active assistance and participation in this program, it is hoped that the Cub will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend. It is designed to be a stepping stone to the other religious emblems.

Vincent Trey Roberti III, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (Sharon)
William Radshaw, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Jack Battersby, Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Hartford)
Jace Kusy, Annunciation (Newington)
Michael Mallney, Annunciation (Newington)
Jaxon Pina, Our Lady of Fatima (Hartford)
Andorick Eli Santos, Maria, Reina de la Paz (Hartford)
Alexander Tesz, Annunciation (Newington)
Sigge Dahl, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Asher Profeta, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Maximilian Plomin, Saint Augustine (Fairfield)

The “I Live My Faith” program is designed to help Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members, grades 4-6, appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in
their daily lives. The program is structured on the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the themes of: Belief, Sacraments, Catholic Christian Living, and Prayer. Each theme provides a variety of opportunities for young people to explore the Catholic faith including art, technology, research, drama, and prayer.

Samantha Leigh Boggs, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Isabella Buonincontri, Our Lady of the Assumption (Fairfield)
Emma Celone, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Norah Decicco, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Emily D'Souza, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Brianna Hawkins, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Karol Plomin, Our Lady of the Assumption (Fairfield)
Riley Simons, Church of the Precious Blood (Milford)
Katelyn Ciesluk, Saint Agnes (

The Parvuli Dei Religious Emblem means “Little Children of God.” It is a recognition that the Catholic Church awards to the Cub Scouts and Webelo Scouts. Its purpose is to help the scout become more aware of God’s presence in his daily life, especially within his home and community. The scout earns this emblem by meeting specific requirements involving his priest, counselor and family.

Aidan Arcila, Saint Patrick/Saint Anthony (Hartford)
Michael DeNardo, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Nico Fiducia, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Jacob Fowler, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Devon Hrubiec, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Thomas Kiernan, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Rosario Palombitio, Saint Francis (New Britain)
Jeremiah Peña, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Hudson Sassu – Martin, Saint Joseph (Bristol)
Joshua Uliasz, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Phineas Yamalis, Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony (Hartford)
Trevor Hooker, Saint John Fisher (Marlborough)
Robert J. Walsh, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Timothy Bober, Our Lady of Mercy (Plainville)
Nolan Cameron, Saint Paul (Kensington)
John Robert Avery Platt, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Matthew Philip Sein, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Colin Daly, Saint Therese (Granby)
Dylan Goff, Saint Gregory the Great (Bristol)
Nicholas Perugini, Immaculate Conception (Terryville)
Delpha Rainier, Immaculate Conception (Terryville)
Bennett Radshaw, Saint Bridget (Cheshire)
Chauncey Housum, Saint Timothy (West Hartford)
Maximilian Prince, Saint Timothy (West Hartford)
Owen Macdonald, Saint Peter Claver (West Hartford)
Alex Szynal, Saint Stanislaus (Bristol)
Aiden Biehler, Saint Augustine (Fairfield)
Marco Buonincontri, Our Lady of the Assumption (Fairfield)
Patrick Plomin, Saint Augustine (Fairfield)

The Marian Medal program is written for young Catholic women (age 12-15) to enable them to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” This is accomplished by actively involving participants in an understanding of Mary as the model of openness, service, and spirituality— a woman of the Church. The Marian Medal Project book demonstrates the importance of Mary for all generations and cultures.

Angela Harris, Saint Therese (Granby)
Ashley Ciesluk, Saint Agnes (

The Ad Altare Dei religious Emblem Program was designed by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting for Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members, which also includes adolescent girls. The Purpose of the Ad Altare Dei program, which means “to the altar of God,” is to help Catholic Youth develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven sacraments. The seven sacraments are a primary means towards spiritual growth.

Ethan Bartiromo, Our Lady of Fatima (Yalesville)
Nicholas Hammel, Saint Michael (Beacon Falls)
Tyler Jacobs, St. Francis of Assisi (Naugatuck)
Cameron Jacobs, St. Francis of Assisi (Naugatuck)
Nathan Rocheleau, St. Francis of Assisi (Naugatuck)
Maxwell Napoli, Saint Francis of Assisi (Naugatuck)
Nils Jerger, Saint Ann (Avon)
Kevin Grodecki, Saint Matthew (Forestville)
Austin Howland, Saint Gregory the Great (Bristol)
Tristan Kindblom, Saint Matthew (Forestville)
Daniel Szynal, Saint Stanislaus (Bristol)

The Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem program is for Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Members, which also include adolescent girls. This emblem is the highest emblem a Scout or Crew Member can earn from the Catholic Church. During the course of this program, the participant fulfills five commitments, which demonstrate his or her growth towards attaining leadership in both the secular world as well as demonstrating a commitment to Christ and the Catholic Church. Their performances in these leadership roles are judged by their parish priest and facilitator. The awardees of the Pope Pius XII emblem, along with their parents, will be escorted to the front of the
Cathedral to be recognized for their accomplishments. Because this emblem is the highest emblem a Scout or Crew Member can earn from the Catholic Church, recipients will be accompanied by their parents as they are escorted to the front of the Cathedral.

Hunter Mancini, Saint Mary Magdalen (Oakville)
Evan Mankouski, Sacred Heart (Suffield)
Jacob Grendzinski, Saint Mary Magdalen (Oakville)

Other Scouting Awards not awarded today:

Girl Scouts: God is Love, Family of God, Spirit Alive, Missio
Adult Scouting Awards: Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal, Saint Anne Medal, Bronze Pelican, Saint George Award.

For more information about Scout awards and other opportunities, click here.


Catechists are the hard-working, dedicated volunteers who give life to Faith Formation programs in our parishes. These individuals devote their time, talent and energy to the youth they serve. The Religious Education Service Awards honor those men and women who have dedicated ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five or more years of service to religious education in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Hartford.


Deena M. Babigian, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Allison Bannerman, Our Lady of Hope (Harwinton/New Hartford)
Elvita Barnes, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Bonnie Bouwman, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Ann Bradley, Saint Edmund Campion (East Hartford)
Janet Brennen, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Steven D. Cadwallader, Saint Edmund Campion (East Hartford)
Theresa Campbell, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Agustina Chima, Saint John XXIII (West Haven)
Brenda Chyra, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Raymond Clark, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)
Kevin Costello, Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Manchester)
Joyce Crandley, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)
Sharon Danforth, Saint Damien of Molokai (Windsor)
William Dobbs, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Deacon Philip Gosselin, Saint Edmund Campion (East Hartford)
Shari L. Greco, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Lauren Grzywinski, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Starr Gustas, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Roxanne Helt, Our Lady of Hope (Harwinton/New Hartford)
Gail Marie Kulinski, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Christina Macioci, Saint Dominic (Southington)
Kim Marinan, Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Manchester)
Karen Montminy, Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Manchester)
Lisa Moscaritolo, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Robert Mumford, Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Manchester)
Mary-Ellen Petropoulos, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Gloria Adriana, Rodriguez Most Holy Trinity (Wallingford)
Julie Scalora, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Angela R. Scarangella, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Eileen Summerfield, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Cindy Tomkowicz, Mary Mother of Church (Waterbury)
Gina Watson, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Dianna Wilson, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Janyce S. Wininger, Saint Damien of Molokai (Windsor)


Colleen Bankowski, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Patricia Donohue, Saint Margaret (Madison)
Donna S. Duffy, Our Lady of Hope (New Hartford/Harwinton)
Anita Field, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Kimberly Murphy, Saint Edmund Campion (East Hartford)
Susan Pullen, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Beverly Ryan, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Elena Simoes, Our Lady of Hope (New Hartford/Harwinton)
Margaret Sznaj, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Mia Zaccardelli, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)


Lori Brunette, Saint Edmund Campion (East Hartford)
Frances Clark, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)
Cheryl Dowd, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Maureen Fiedler, Saint Ann (Avon)
Filomena G. Marinelli, Incarnation (Wethersfield)


Dr. Margaret Palmeri, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)
Kate Rines, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)


Mary Fischer, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)
Thomas Marchessault, Saint Junipero Serra (South Windsor)


Eleanor Puleo, Saint Margaret (Madison)
Sara Robles, Most Holy Trinity (Wallingford)


Joan Ginnetti, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)


Marie P. Casey, Saint Bridget of Sweden (Cheshire)

This award is given to outstanding youth (high school seniors) whose parishes have recognized that they have exercised their baptismal call and selflessly served their peers through parish youth ministry efforts with unwavering commitment and dedication throughout all four years of high school.

Anna Catherine, Amatruda Prince of Peace (Woodbury)
Tyler Andrade, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Macee Barry, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Jenna Baruffi, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Victoria Benedicto, Saint Raphael (Milford)
Zachary Blum, Our Lady of Fatima (Yalesville)
Sarah Boggiano, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Andrew Michael Botelho, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Gian S. Civitello, Saint Paul (Kensington)
William Timothy Collins III, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Frank Diaz Cosenza, Prince of Peace (Woodbury)
Christopher T. DeRienzo, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Nicholas John Deveny, Saint Raphael (Milford)
John DiTommaso, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Collin Richard Francis Duran, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Jennifer Errico, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Elizabeth Evans, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Jack Gibbons, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Nelson C. Gomes, Saint Raphael (Milford)
Elizabeth Grabner, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Katelyn Grega, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Laure Guibert, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Daniel Patrick Hassett, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Hannah Hayes, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Abigail Helt, Our Lady of Hope (Harwinton/New Hartford)
Jason Hirschauer, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Robert Holmes, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Liam Deane Hughes, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Julia Jahrstorfer, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Cameron Jeche, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Sarah A. Kantor, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Natalie Kelly, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Hannah Kosikowski, Saint Joseph (Bristol)
Pat LaMarco, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Bryan Lawrence, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
James Vinh Le, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)
Matthew Eric Locandro, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Elizabeth Loehle, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Lissandra Marshall, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Jenna McCarthy, Our Lady of Fatima (Yalesville)
John McNally, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Jayna Mikolaitis, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Rita Monahan, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Hanna Murphy, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Evan Murray, Saint Raphael (Milford)
Alexandra Nerney, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Timothy R. Nolan, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Lauren Elizabeth Perrotti, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Sarah Peterson, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Jessica Power, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)
Michael Raffaele, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Jack Rafferty, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Emmett Reilly, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Gabriela S. Reyes, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Nicholas Ryan, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Thomas Ryan, Saint John of the Cross (Middlebury)
Ashley Shafran, Saint Thomas (Southington)
Jacob Sankey, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Jordan Shugdinis, Saint Mary (Simsbury)
Bonifacius Wisnu Sidharta, Saint John Paul the Great (Torrington)
Thomas J. Skulski, Our Lady of Fatima (Yalesville)
Rebecca Soderburg, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Kevin P. Stafstrom, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Lauren Anne Stetson, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Noah Taylor, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Sarah Tompos, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Anthony Joseph Vela, III, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Isabel Rose Wagner, Saint Patrick (Farmington)
Connor Walsh, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Patrick Welch, Saint Paul (Kensington)
Emily Windfield, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Sarah Grace Wojtczak, Prince of Peace (Woodbury)
Natalie Wright, Saint Raphael (Milford)
Hayley Yule, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Patricia Yule, Sacred Heart (Southbury)

This award is given to adults who have dedicated at least five years of service to the youth of their parish community. They are being recognized for their commitment to young people within the parish as reflected in Renewing the Vision: building programs and outreach to/with/by and for youth; serving as role models; and making significant contributions to the spiritual welfare of youth.

Michael Paul Botelho, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Jeanne Dingee, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Thomas Dingee, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Jennifer Enger, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Christine Louise, Frost Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Matthew Funk, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Adrian Gray, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Doreen Gray, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Christine Grenier, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
German Hernandez, Saint John XXIII (West Haven)
John Hirschauer, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Thomas Hirschfield, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
James Kennedy, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Michael Krawczyk, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Dawn M. McLaughlin, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Michael James Pangle, Sacred Heart (Southbury)
Grace Rossell, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Fred Sweeney, Saint Francis Xavier (New Milford)
Martin Van Riper, Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)
Richard S. Wilson, Jr., Saint Dunstan (Glastonbury)