Seventh Annual CAPP Communion Breakfast for Educators
The Seventh Annual Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) Educators’ Communion Breakfast will take place at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 22. The keynote speaker will be Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. This annual event is sponsored by CAPP and Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education. Mass will take place at 9 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, followed by breakfast in University Commons. A tour of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit will be offered at 8:30 a.m., and a book signing, with copies of Hart’s book available to purchase, will take place at noon. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Hartis a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem. During her seven-year career in film and on Broadway, she starred in 10 films, most notably opposite Elvis Presley in Loving You and King Creole and Stephen Boyd in Lisa. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the Pleasure of His Company. Her radical choice to enter a cloistered Abbey at the height of her career in 1963 at first shocked and then inspired those who admired her as an actress and public figure. In collaboration with actors such as Academy Award winner Patricia Neal, she founded The Gary-The Olivia Theater at the Abbey in 1982. Since 2001 she has been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates: in jurisprudence from Fairfield University and in fine arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
The HBO documentary film God is the Bigger Elvis about Mother Dolores’ life was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award in the Documentary Short category. Her acclaimed autobiography, The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows, was released in 2013 and is now in its third printing. Since 1970, Hart has been the dean of Education at Regina Laudis.
During the breakfast, CAPP will honor Reverend William Sangiovanni as Educator of the Year. Sangiovanni, who served as SHU’s director of Campus Ministry from 1986 to 1991, is in his 35th year at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield, currently in the role of president. His previous religious work experience includes serving as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish in Bridgeport and in the ministry at the Bridgeport Correctional Facility for 12 years.
Sangiovanni has earned extensive government experience on both the state and federal levels. He was appointed by Governor Lowell Weicker to the State of Connecticut Ethics Commission in 1991 and elected chairman of that body in 1994. He also served as assistant to U.S. Congressman Stewart B. McKinney’s director of field operations and campaigns from 1970-75, and from 1969-70 he was special assistant to the minority leader for the Connecticut General Assembly.
As founder of Appalachia Volunteers, Sangiovanni has done extensive service work in that region of the country. He has worked as a teacher and chaplain at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Frenchburg and served as a recruiter and association director of the Glenmary Lay Mission Program, also in Frenchburg. He also lived and worked on a Sioux Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, S.D., through the Holy Rosary Mission.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education at Fairfield University prior to completing graduate studies in theology at Niagara University in New York.
CAPP was founded in 1993 to encourage business people, academics and other professionals to study and promote Catholic social teaching. It is named for Pope John Paul’s encyclical of the same name that marked the 100th anniversary of the landmark papal document on social responsibility, Rerum Novarum. The Diocese of Bridgeport is one of three pioneering dioceses in the United States to establish a chapter.