Bishop welcomed at Convent of the Sacred Heart

The bishop and Ann T. Mara shared a laugh as he presented her with a CSH class ring making her an honorary alumna of the school while surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters.

The bishop and Ann T. Mara shared a laugh as he presented her with a CSH class ring making her an honorary alumna of the school while surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters.

Students at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich enthusiastically welcomed the new bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, into the Sacred Heart family on Tuesday, Sept. 24 when he celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit there.

Bishop Caggiano, who was formally installed on Sept. 19, and CSH officials said they were thrilled and honored when he accepted the invitation to celebrate the opening liturgy of the school year, a tradition for the 22 Sacred Heart schools in the United States.

During the Mass, Bishop Caggiano commissioned 36 senior girls — more than 50% of the 60 students in the Class of 2014 — as Eucharistic ministers, who will serve at all school Masses during the school year.

Bishop Caggiano shared the spotlight with Ann Mara, a Sacred Heart mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The bishop blessed a CSH school ring and presented it to her, making her an honorary alumna.

In honoring Ms. Mara, CSH Head of School Pamela Juan Hayes said, “Ann, and her late husband, Wellington, support and live by the goals and criteria of this school and are outstanding examples of what it means to be an active participant in spreading the love of the Heart of Jesus. We honor her today as the mother who has sent more daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters here than anyone else and because she is the model of Catholic motherhood.”

Ms. Mara, whose late husband was co-owner of the New York Giants football team, presented the bishop with a gift — a Giants hat, which was given to the bishop by student body president D’Nea Galbraith, along with a Sacred Heart athletic team jacket.

Bishop Caggiano spoke about CSH as a family and urged the Class of 2014 to look upon the role they will play after graduation and college in transforming the world and reflecting the gospel.

“The diocese needs you. I need you,” the bishop told the seniors.

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