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In Memoriam: Sister Margaret Miriam Higgins
Sister Margaret Miriam Higgins of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully at the age of 94 on January 11, 2020 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. Born and raised in New London she was the daughter of Arthur Higgins and Anna Green Higgins. Sister entered the Sisters of Mercy on July 1, 1944 and professed her first religious vows on January 3, 1947. Most of Sister's teaching experiences were in the Norwich Diocese. Her teaching career began in 1944 with Kindergarten students where she quickly learned to give "the look"and with that look she never had to raise...

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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations

Posted on January 09, 2020 in: Events, Vocations

Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations
Join us at St.Mary Church in Jewett City at 6pm on January 16, 2020 as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests and for women to answer the call to consecrated life.  February Holy Hour for Vocations will take place at St. Joseph Church, Norwich at 6pm on the 20th.

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Adoration
Former Student Honors Sister Barbara Gould
Sister Barbara Gould, R.S.M. gets a big surprise during the annual Teachers' Institute held on November 12 at the Holiday Inn in Norwich. Dr. Patrick Slattery, Executive Director of the Xaverian sponsored schools was the keynote speaker for the Institute. Sister Barbara was his elementary school principal of Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison, CT during the 1980s. During Dr. Slattery's presentation, Sister Barbara was shown a surprise slide of the dedication to her from his class yearbook. She was also honored with a lovely gift and a cake whic...

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In Memoriam: Fr. Patrick G. McCorry, December 19, 2019
The Rev. Patrick G. McCorry passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Cromwell, Connecticut. He was 78. Father McCorry graduated from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts with a bachelors degree in Liberal Arts and was employed as a municipal bond analyst for Standard and Poors for 29 years. He later received his Master of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut and was ordained as a priest in 2001 in the Diocese of Norwich. He served in St. Sebastian's in Middletown and in St. Joseph's in Willimantic before re...

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In Memoriam: Sister Marie Ruth Page
Sr. Marie Ruth Page, DHS, 103, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Saint Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT. Born on April 3, 1916 in Chicopee, MA, Marie Ruth Exilda Page she was the daughter of the late Edouard and Amanda (Gelinas) Page. Sr. Marie Ruth entered religious life in Putnam, CT in 1934 and made her religious profession at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France on September 2, 1937. She was then known as Sr. Edouard de la Croix. Sr. Marie Ruth was a teacher for over 50 years having taught at St. Mary...

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Vocations Corner

Posted on December 21, 2019 in: News, Vocations

Vocations Corner
Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations Happy Advent to all. We are a few weeks away from the Christmas season and time to transition into 2020! It seems like just a few weeks ago our seminarians were all heading back to seminary for their continued formation and academic work. They will shortly be arriving home for the holidays; either down in Colombia or spread across Eastern Connecticut. Our annual Advent Gift Card drive for seminarians is going on across the diocese. An early thank you to all who have picked up a name of a seminarian from your parish...

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Vocations Corner

Posted on November 18, 2019 in: News, Vocations

Vocations Corner
Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations Each year we celebrate the start of November with the feast of All Saints, followed by the feast of All Souls Day. This month also marks the celebration of Thanksgiving, while the end of the month closes the calendar year of the Church with the Feast of Christ the King. These occasions are opportunities for us to deepen our spiritual lives. November also gives us an opportunity to renew the gift of silence in our own lives, particularly in prayer and reflection. Silence assists in opening the soul to God. As we bec...

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Vocations Corner

Posted on October 10, 2019 in: Vocations

Vocations Corner
  Father Gregory Galvin, Director of Priestly Vocations Signs of fall’s arrival are popping up everywhere. The leaves are changing colors and cooler air has arrived. Before we know it, we’ll prepare to cook a turkey with all the fixings as we visit our relatives and give thanks to God for our many blessings of faith, family and country. Fall is here, and life has quickened from the slower, more relaxing months of summer. School students and seminarians returned to their studies within the past month. While these changes take place, the Diocese o...

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Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations

Posted on September 11, 2019 in: Events, Vocations

Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations
Join us at St. Francis Church in Lebanon at 6pm on September 19, 2019 as we pray for men to answer the call to be instruments of God’s grace as priests and for women to answer the call to consecrated life.  St. Francis Church 67 West Town Street Lebanon, 06249

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In Memoriam - Sister Mary Rita Clare Hoffner
Sister Mary Rita Clare Hoffner, 91, a Sister of Mercy, died on August 17, 2019 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford after a brief illness. Born of the late William and Olivine (Gardner) Hoffner in Manchester, CT she was also raised there. After graduating high school, Rita became a Sister of Mercy on December 28, 1946 and pronounced her vows on June 28, 1949 taking the religious name, Sister Mary Rita Clare. She began teaching primary grades in parish schools within the Hartford Archdiocese, earning a B.S. degree in education, studying on a part time basis. She continued to...

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