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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 Alexander Cherukarakunnel to Renewal, Parochial Vicar, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury. Effective August 31, 2009.

Reverend Stanley Staniszewski, C.M., New to the Archdiocese, to Customary Faculties granted, Temporary Administrator, DePaul Provincial Residence, Manchester. Effective September 1, 2009.

Reverend George M. Couturier to Sabbatical until December 21, 2009. Effective September 7, 2009.

Reverend Thomas E. Ptaszynski to Temporary Administrator, St. Dunstan, Glastonbury. Effective September 7, 2009.

Reverend Hugh Vincent Dyer, O.P., to Catholic Chaplain at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, with continued residence at St. Mary, New Haven. Effective September 8, 2009.

Deacon Susano Neris to Retirement. Effective September 9, 2009.

Reverend Michael S. Galasso to Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Mary, and St. Rose Parishes, East Hartford, as well as Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. Mary and St. Ann Parishes, New Britain. Effective September 18, 2009.

Deacon Isidro DeJesus to Deacon, St. Justin and St. Michael Parishes, Hartford, in addition to duties at Sacred Heart, Hartford. Effective September 18, 2009.

Reverend Francis Snell from Administrator, North End Cluster, Hartford, to Administrator, Sacred Heart, New Haven, with residence at St. Anthony, New Haven. Effective September 19, 2009.

Reverend Carlos M. Zapata from Parochial Vicar, St, Mary, New Britain, and St. Rose, East Hartford, to Temporary Administrator, Sacred Heart, Hartford. Effective September 19, 2009.

Deacon Robert J. Hilliard from Deacon, St. Helena, West Hartford, to Retirement. Effective September 23, 2009.

Reverend Robert Villa from Administrator, St. Margaret, Waterbury, to Pastor, St. Margaret, Waterbury. Effective September 25, 2009.

Reverend John P. McHugh from Administrator, St. Patrick, Collinsville, to Pastor, St. Patrick, Collinsville. Effective September 25, 2009.

Reverend Nathaniel Labarda from Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Milford, to Temporary Administrator, St. Mary, Milford. Effective September 28, 2009.

Reverend Chacko Kumplam to Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Milford. Effective September 28, 2009.

Reverend Janusz Pyda, O.P., New to the Archdiocese, to Customary Faculties granted, with residence at St. Mary, New Haven. Effective October 1, 2009.

Reverend Robert J. St. Martin to Retired Priest in residence at St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Effective October 1, 2009.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

September 29, 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.