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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 22, 1960 when ground was broken for St. Philip Church, East Windsor.
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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend José A. Mercado from Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph, Bristol, and part-time Chaplain, St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, to Pastor, St. Augustine, Hartford, and Director, Office for Hispanic Evangelization. Effective July 1, 2009.

Reverend Emmanuel I. Ihemedu from Parochial Vicar, St. Aedan, New Haven, and St. Brendan, New Haven, to Administrator, St. Justin, Hartford, and St. Michael, Hartford. Effective August 4, 2009.

Reverend Michael A. Carlson from Parochial Vicar, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Spirit, Newington, and Part-time Chaplain, St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol. Effective August 4, 2009.

Reverend Titus Ibe to Catholic Chaplain, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, with residence at St. Paul, West Haven. Effective August 10, 2009.

Reverend Timothy A. Meehan, One-year extension, Pastor, St. Therese, North Haven. Effective August 12, 2009.

Reverend Cornelius Kelechi Anyanwu from Parochial Vicar, Holy Spirit, Newington, to Parochial Vicar, SS. Peter and Paul, Waterbury, and St. Leo the Great, Waterbury. Effective August 17, 2009.

Reverend Dairo Diaz from Pastor, St. Louis, West Haven, to Pastor, St. Peter, Hartford. Effective August 20, 2009.

Reverend Israel Rivera from Parochial Vicar, Cluster of Parishes in the North End of Hartford, to Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph, Bristol. Effective August 20, 2009.

Reverend Joseph Brickner, L.C., New to the Archdiocese, Customary faculties granted, Novitiate and College of Humanities, Cheshire. Effective August 21, 2009.

Reverend Jeffrey A. Gubbiotti from Parochial Vicar, Most Holy Trinity, Wallingford, to Administrator, St. Louis, West Haven. Effective August 24, 2009.

Reverend Christopher M. Ford to Judge and Defender of the Bond of the Metropolitan Tribunal in addition to duties as pastor, St. Mary, Branford. Effective August 24, 2009.

Reverend Honore Kombo from Parochial Vicar, SS. Peter and Paul, Waterbury, and St. Leo the Great, Waterbury, to Parochial Vicar, St. James, Manchester, and Assumption, Manchester. Effective August 31, 2009.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

August 26, 2009

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.