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Seven Men to be Ordained as Priests on May 12th

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell will ordain seven men to the Holy Priesthood on May 12, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford at 11 a.m. The ordinands are: Henry Alexander Avendaño Varon, Didier Juliàn Cardona Marín, Jorge Eliecer Castro Morales, Mathieu Isaac, Robert Nelson Landback, Timothy Edward Ryan, Nicola Nghĩa Hũu Trân.

In their spiritual journey toward receiving Ordination to the Priesthood, these men have completed Bachelor of Arts degrees in philosophy and four years of studies in Theology, and for the past several months have been training with priests at different parishes, and learning how to provide pastoral care.

During the ordination,  Mansell will make public the parishes where the new priests will begin their priestly ministry.

“We praise God for the talents, experience, and commitment of these seven men. They bring great hope and encouragement to our archdiocese. We assure them of our support and prayers as they serve our communities,” said  Mansell.

The public is encouraged to attend the Mass of Ordination.

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Mansell: Health Care Insurance Mandate Declares War on Religion

On WJMJ, Catholic radio, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell stated that, “Some would say that the war on religion was formally declared,” when the federal government passed the health care insurance mandate requiring that all employers (with few exceptions) pay for health coverage that covers sterilization, contraception, and medication that induces abortion – all practices that go against Catholic moral teachings.

“This development runs clearly in the face of the Bill of Rights, providing in its First Amendment freedom of religion. Never before in the history of the United States has the federal government forced citizens to pay for health insurance that violates their religious principles,” said Mansell.

The archbishop made his feelings known during a two-hour broadcast moderated by the Rev. John Gatzak, general manager of WJMJ, on Wednesday evening.  He said that Catholic relief services, colleges, universities, schools and hospitals would be impacted. He noted that 16 percent of the nation’s hospitals are run under the auspices of Catholicism.

“If this goes through, we would have no Catholic hospitals or Catholic charities, said Mansell.

The archbishop was joined by Michael Culhane of the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference, the public policy and advocacy office of the Catholic Bishops in Connecticut.

“This is an affront to our religious liberties,” said Culhane.

Listeners flooded the broadcast with phone calls voicing their comments and questions. An 82-year-old woman called to say that she was appalled by what was happening. In her lifetime, she couldn’t remember the government being so intrusive. A caller from Meriden said that all religions have to band together, because there is “strength in numbers,” while an atheist commented that although he didn’t practice a religion, he certainly believed in the Constitution of the United States. And, while some are viewing this as a controversy over contraception, Vincent McCarthy, a constitutional lawyer, called in to say that the mandate was clearly unconstitutional, because “It is forcing the Catholic Church to pay for policies that they believe are wrong.” “I see this going all the way to the Supreme Court,” he said.

Mansell and bishops across the nation are urging people to call their local legislators in opposition of the mandate. “Votes make the difference,” he said.

 

Archdiocese Opposes Federal Edict on Health Care Insurance

HARTFORD —  The Archdiocese of Hartford is vigorously opposing the new federal health care insurance legislation, which will require that all employers (with few exceptions) pay for health coverage that covers sterilization, contraception, and medication that induces abortion. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell and Executive Director Michael Culhane of the Connecticut Catholic Public Affairs Conference will address how the federal edict violates our First Amendment right to freedom of religion on a special edition of “In the After Glow” hosted by Rev. John Gatzak on WJMJ/88.9 FM on Feb. 8t at 7 p.m. It will be a call-in show, so listeners are encouraged to participate in the conversation.

According to the archbishop, the federal directive would force Catholic institutions to pay for health insurance on matters that violate their religious principles.  It would impact over 77,000 employees of Catholic Charities across the country, numerous Catholic colleges, universities, hospitals, schools, and the large numbers of employees who work for Catholic Relief Services.

“This development runs clearly in the face of the Bill of Rights, providing in its First Amendment freedom of religion, going all the way back to December 15, 1791,” said Archbishop Mansell. “Never before in the history of the United States has the federal government forced citizens to pay for directly what violates their beliefs,” he continued.

The Archdiocese of Hartford, along with dioceses across the country, is mounting a campaign against this edict, urging people to contact our two U.S. senators and five U.S. Representatives demanding that it be reversed. For information on where to send letters, visit archdioceseofhartford.org.

Mansell has invited all of Connecticut’s legislators to speak with him in person concerning the legislation.

“We must act strongly against this edict. It affects the lifeblood of Catholics and millions more who are not Catholic but whom we serve diligently. The future

of all of us and our country as well is at stake,” he said.