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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 James F. Pilon from Temporary Administrator, St. Luke, Hartford, to Retirement. Effective November 1, 2009.

Reverend A. Waine Kargul from Chaplain, St. Joseph Residence, Enfield, to Temporary Administrator, St. Luke, Hartford. Effective November 1, 2009.

Reverend Lech Kuna from Parochial Vicar, Holy Cross, New Britain, to Chaplain, St. Joseph Residence, Enfield. Effective November 1, 2009.

Deacon Art Miller from Deacon, St. Michael, St. Justin, and Sacred Heart, Hartford, to Leave of Absence from parish diaconal responsibilities while continuing as Director of the Office for Black Catholic Ministries and Director of Campus Ministries at Capital Community College. Effective November 4, 2009.

Reverend Edward S. Jaksina to one-year extension, Pastor, Good Shepherd, Seymour. Effective November 5, 2009.

Reverend Thomas R. Mitchell from Leave of Absence to Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick, Farmington. Effective November 9, 2009.

Reverend Ivan Dario Ramirez, New to the Archdiocese, Customary priestly faculties granted, while attending the English Language Institute at the University of Hartford, with residence at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Effective November 11, 2009.

Reverend William L. Burns from Retired Priest in Residence, St. Lawrence O’Toole, Hartford, to Retired Priest in Residence, St. James, Manchester. Effective November 20, 2009.

Reverend Donald Anyagwa from Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, New Britain, to Temporary Parochial Vicar, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury. Effective November 20, 2009.

Reverend John Kuzhikottayil, S.D.B., from Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Branford, to Temporary Administrator, St. Mary, Branford. Effective November 30, 2009.

– Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

November 24, 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.