Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Sister Paul Marie Longo, 79, of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Third Order Regular of St Francis, died on June 2, 2017, at Mary Health of the Sick in Newbury Park, Calif..

Born in Waterbury, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Maryanne (Dorais) Longo.

Sister Paul Marie entered the Bernardine Order on August 11, 1955, and was in her 62nd year of religious life. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Villanova University and a Master of Arts in education from Fairfield University. She ministered in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico in outreach to the poor and as an elementary teacher, principal, superior, preschool director and teacher.

Sister Paul Marie is survived by her brother Paul Longo of Middletown

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 9 at St. Francis of Assisi Church n Fillmore, Calif. Burial followed in the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters' cemetery, Mt. Alvernia, in Reading, Pa.

fr mike donahueFather Michael Donahue passed away peacefully after a long illness on May 4, 2017 in Tarija, Bolivia, surrounded by his loved ones.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. August 5 at St. Ann Church in Avon.

Father Michael was born in New Britain on November 17, 1947, son of Muriel and Edward Donahue. He entered La Salette junior seminary in Cheshire at the age of 13. He obtained his degree in philosophy from Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., in 1969. He then received a master's degree in theology in 1972 and in education in 1974, also from Merrimack. He was ordained a La Salette priest.

He was the director of theology seminarians in Washington D.C. from 1975 to 1981. He was a missionary parish priest in Sicuani, Peru, from 1982 to 1986. In 1986, he moved to Tarija, Bolivia, to become a parish priest of San Lorenzo until 1999. He was released from the La Salette order and joined the Diocese of Tarija, serving as the treasurer of the diocese from 1996 until 2002.

Father Michael was the president of the National Special Olympics from 1994 to1997 He was also responsible for developing the Committee for People with Disabilities in Tarija.

His major work from the ‘80s onward was the creation the Friends of Exceptional Children Tarija, known by the Bolivian acronym ANET, which funds five centers in Tarija and three others in Yacuiba, Bermejo and Villamontes. The centers provide surgeries for cleft palate, hare lip, eye problems and osteoporosis. In 2016, 6,148 children and youth received help in Tarija and the surrounding provinces. There is also a group home for "street kids."

Father Michael also was a writer. He wrote a column in the local newspaper in which he addressed the needs of the poor and handicapped. Among other results, his articles influenced the authorities of Tarija to create a new law requiring folic acid in wheat-based products. Lack of folic acid has been linked to fetal deformities.

After retiring, Father Michael taught himself Bolivian Sign Language so that he could communicate with deaf children. He created a group for them so that they could "sing" and pray with the community by signing.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Michael Edward Donahue Trust and will be used only to help maintain and grow the work of ANET. Donations may be sent to his sister, Mary Ellen O'Rourke, at 355 Swallow Circle, Venice, FL 34285. 

Alice (Bouchard) Newbery, 82, of Simsbury, beloved wife for 59 years of Senior Deacon Robert D. Newbery, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Simsbury surrounded by her family in Simsbury.

Born in Connor, Maine, on May 19, 1934,she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Josephine (Paradise) Bouchard. She attended Hartford schools and graduated in 1952 from Hartford Public High School. She then worked at the Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Co., where she met her future husband. She then worked as a computer operator at the Hartford Insurance Co. for more than 20 years, retiring in 1989.

The Newberys lived in Windsor Locks for many years before moving to Simsbury in 1994 after she and her husband retired. During her retirement, Mrs. Newbery worked in the archives of the Archdiocese of Hartford and she later volunteered at McLean's in Simsbury. Deacon and Mrs. Newbery volunteered in many capacities at the parishes that they belonged to over the years and as a extraordinary ministers of holy Communion at Hartford Hospital. They also served as a team couple for many years for Marriage Encounters. 

Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Raymond R. Newbery of Middletown; a sister, Doris Parent of Vernon; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two infant children, Joseph and Francis Newbery; four brothers, Lionel, Albert, Roland and Roger Bouchard; and six sisters, Anita Collins, Albertine Hebert, Jeannine Hebert, Lee Mathieu, Bernice Colbath and Fern Chmielecki.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 19 at St. Therese Church in Granby. Burial followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2275 Silas Deane Highway, First Floor N - Unit 9, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 74 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

SOUTHINGTON - Deacon James P. Quinn of Southington died on May 15, 2017, in his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on May 9, 1934 in Waterbury, a son of the late Henry B. and Minnie (Christopher) Quinn. He attended Waterbury parochial schools and was a longtime member of St.Thomas Parish in Southington, where he was a catechist. lector and member of the Knights of Columbus. He was ordained as a deacon almost 35 years ago.

Deacon Quinn enjoyed a more than 30-year career as the foreman of the composing room at the Middletown Press. He then served as a paraprofessional in the Meriden school system.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann (Urillo); his parents; and a brother, Hank Quinn. He is survived by his five children Louise Moss of Meriden; James Jr., of Clinton; Margaret Quinn of Atlanta, Ga.; Mark Quinn of Mooresville, Ind.; and Matthew Quinn of New Orleans, La. Survivors also include 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Bochicchio and Alice Telesca; as and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 18 at St. Thomas Church. Burial followed in St. Thomas Cemetery. Donation in his name may be sent to Southington Catholic School, 133 Bristol St. Southington, CT 06489.

Condron Robert obitFather Robert F. Condron, pastor emeritus of the Church of the Assumption in Ansonia, died on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

There were no calling hours. The funeral and burial are private.

Memorial contributions may be made in Father Condron's name to Assumption School, c/o Kathleen Molnar, principal, at 51 North Cliff St., Ansonia, CT 06460.

Lorraine (Bisaillon) Bandeira, 85, beloved wife of Senior Deacon Francis X. Bandeira, passed away on Tuesday May 9, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

Born in Waterbury on April 13, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Henri and Beatrice (Audet) Bisaillon. She had been employed at Lea Manufacturing and Stop & Shop. She was a life-long parishioner of St. Anne Parish and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne.

Besides her husband of 46 years, she is survived by her daughter Anita Warren of Wolcott; her son Joseph H. Bandeira of Waterbury; a sister, Rita Fortin of Wolcott; grandchildren Jenifer, Erica and Matthew Warren and Joseph M. Bandeira; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by brothers Albert and Marcel “Pat” Bisaillon and a sister, Janet Cleary.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 13 at St. Anne Church. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to New Opportunities Inc. 232 N. Elm St., Waterbury CT 06702.

WEST HARTFORD – Father Louis Y. Chow, 85, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017, Divine Mercy Sunday, at home in Corning, N.Y.

He was born on May 20, 1932, in the city of AnQing, AnHui province, China, the son of Joseph and Cecilia (Chen) Chow. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Shanghai in 1951, emigrated to Hong Kong in 1979 and then came to Connecticut. He studied computer technologies and worked at Cigna Corp in Bloomfield before entering Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell in 1983. He graduated in 1988 from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md.

Father Chow was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John F. Whealon on Feb. 25, 1989, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He served in the parishes of St. Joseph in New Haven, St. Francis of Assisi in Torrington and Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury.

In 1996, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, Calif., before retiring in April of 2001. Father Chow also assisted the late Cardinal Ignatius Kung in serving the Chinese Catholic community in Connecticut. Father Chow translated many volumes of books related to Catholicism and prayers from English into Chinese.

Survivors include one brother, Peter R. Chow of Montreal, Canada, and nine nieces and nephews in Canada, China, Germany, and the United States. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and John Chow; four sisters, Margaret, Agatha, Ann and Theresa; and one nephew.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair presided at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. May 2 at St. Brigid Church in West Hartford. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

fr donald thomasFather Donald K. Thomas, 86, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, of 85 New Park Ave., Hartford, died on April 24, 2017, at Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center in Webster, Texas.

He was born Nov. 5, 1930, in Jermyn, Penn., the ninth of 10 children of the late Raymond and Clare (Fitzpatrick) Thomas. In 1944, he attended the La Salette Seminary in Hartford and entered the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield on July 1, 1948. He made his first profession of vows on July 2, 1949. After completing his studies in the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, Mass., he was ordained on May 11, 1957 at the former La Salette Shrine Church in Ipswich. Following his ordination, he served as spiritual director and professor at the La Salette Seminary in Jefferson City, Mo.

In 1961, he was appointed director of vocations and mission procurator in St. Louis, Mo. For the next six years he served as assistant pastor at Our Lady of La Salette Parish in Berkley, Mich., and in 1968 he began 32 years of ministry as assistant pastor or pastor of various La Salette parishes in Louisiana and Texas..

In the early 1980’s, Father Thomas served one term as councilor to the provincial of the former Mary Queen Province in St. Louis. Since retiring to Hartford in 2001, he ministered at various parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford. In addition, Father Thomas continued to travel to assist at Mary Queen Parish in Texas each year until his death.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Thomas is survived by one brother, William Paul Thomas of Pennsylvania and many nieces and nephews and their children. Father Thomas was predeceased by four brothers, Raymond, Henry, Francis and John; and four sisters, Romayne, Mariclare, Lucille and Eleanor.

Funeral services were held on April 28 at Mary Queen Parish in Friendswood, Texas. A Mass was of concelebrated on May 3 in the La Salette Chapel of Hartford House at 85 New Park Ave. Burial was in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.

GrisesFather J. Clifford Grise, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, passed away on March 25 at the Jerome Home in New Britain.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1919, in Southington, the son of the late David J. and Mary (Flynn) Grise. He attended Southington Schools and then studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1945, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien.

During his more than 72 years of priestly service, his assignments included St. Paul in West Haven, St. Joseph in Shelton and St. Mary in Norwalk. He also served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. In 1963, Father Grise was appointed as the first pastor of St. Agnes Church in Greenwich, where he remained until his 1971 appointment as pastor and principal at St. Peter Church in Danbury.

Upon his pastoral retirement in 1986, Father Grise assisted at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Parish in Longboat Key, Fla., for many years. He returned to Connecticut and resided at the Catherine Dennis Keefe, Queen of the Clergy Residence for retired priests in Stamford.

Father Grise is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Robert D. Foley of Cape Cod, Mass.; Mary Lou Kane of Cheshire; and Lisbeth (Patrick) Dugan of Victor, N.Y.; as well as by numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 30, at Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage Street, Plantsville. Calling hours will begin at 10 a.m. at the church before the Mass. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington.

Donations in Father Grise’s memory can be made to the Development – Expansion Fund of Queen of Clergy, 274 Strawberry Hill Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.

DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Street, Southington is in charge of arrangements. You may leave online condolences and get directions at in New Britain.

Sister Mary Olivia Murray (Mary Brigid Murray), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain on March 1, 2017. She was 103 years of age and had been in religious life for 62 years.

Sister Olivia was born in County Meath, Ireland on May 31, 1913, the daughter of the late James Murray and Ellen Walsh Murray. Sister Olivia entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 1, 1954, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on March 1, 1962.

Sister Olivia worked at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield for a number of years and then was the sacristan in the chapel at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. When she retired to the provincial house of her community, Sister Olivia continued as sacristan.

Sister Olivia is predeceased by her brothers Michael and Andrew Murray. She is survived by her sisters the in community, friends and many cousins, particularly Rita Powers and Father Robert Powers.

Father Powers celebrated Sister Olivia's funeral Mass on March 6 in the chapel of the community's convent on Park Road in West Hartford. Burial followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Donations in Sister Olivia's memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Provincial Office, 650 Willard Ave., Newington, CT 06111.

SOUTHINGTON – Father Thomas J. Baylis, 84, of Southington, died on Dec. 15, 2016, at Bristol Hospital.

He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 25, 1932, a son of the late Charles J. and Marie R. (Bissonette) Baylis. He was raised in West Haven, where he attended St. Lawrence School before entering the seminary. He was odained to the priesthood as a La Sallette Missionary on April 25, 1959, by the Bishop Eric F. MacKenzie.

Father Baylis was incardinated into the presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Hartford on Feb. 6, 1989. He served as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterbury and October 1991, he was appointed coadministrator of St. Ann Parish in the Devon section of Milford. He was appointed pastor of St. Ann in December 1993 and ministered there until 2002.

In February 2002, Father Baylis was appointed to Our Lady of Fatima in the Yalesville section of Wallingford, where he served until he obtained senior priest status in April of 2007.

He is survived by his sister, Sue (Mrs. Eugene) Sayers of Middletown; his brother, Robert Baylis of Northford; and his nieces and nephews, Catherine Sayers Shwaery, Stephen Sayers, Christopher Sayers, Joseph Sayers, Suzanne Sayers, Peter Baylis, Nancy Baylis, Daniel Baylis and Michael Baylis Jr.

He was predeceased by a sister and a brother, Judith and Michael Baylis.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 20 at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire.

Interment will be private in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Meriden. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Archdiocese of Hartford, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.