BRISTOL — On March 28 and 29, more than 1,000 Catholic school educators in the Archdiocese of Hartford will gather at Saint Paul Catholic High School in Bristol for the Catholic Educators Faith Conference, which will include faith formation, and a series of discussions on current issues important to Catholic school education.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dale R. Hoyt will present service awards and certificates to more than 200 teachers and administrators who are marking milestone anniversaries, or who have completed a rigorous course of studies, in the Catholic faith. Over 170 teachers will receive recognition for ten or more years of service, including eight who will be recognized for 40 years of ministry; and 44 educators will receive certificates for having completed a prescribed course of study through the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.
Hoyt values the chance to acknowledge these elementary and secondary educators saying, “Besides the opportunity to enhance the educators’ faith formation, we recognize the significant contributions and accomplishments of Catholic school educators at this conference. It is through their teaching, role modeling and commitment that we graduate students prepared to become productive, virtuous citizens, and church leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world.”
Conference attendees will enjoy a keynote address by Rev. Michael J. Dolan, Vocation Director for the Archdiocese, as well as music presented by St. Paul Catholic High School students, including SPLASH, a praise rock band and CANTATA, a select group of vocalists.
Mansell will celebrate Mass on both days of the conference.
Previously known as the Teachers Institute, the Catholic Educators Faith Conference was initiated 106 years ago by Rev. Patrick J. McCormack, former Supervisor of Schools for the Diocese of Hartford.