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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 Daniel V. Kennelly from outside the Archdiocese to Catholic Chaplain, St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury. Effective May 13, 2010.

Deacon James F. Papillo from Deacon, Sacred Heart, Bloomfield, to Deacon, St. Mary and St. Ann Parishes, New Britain. Effective May 15, 2010.

Reverend Austin Junie Phiri from outside the Archdiocese to Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, with residence at St. Paul, West Haven. Effective May 18, 2010.

Deacon Jose L. Dlugokinski from medical leave to retirement. Effective May 18, 2010.

Deacon Paul V. Prete from Deacon, St. Margaret, Madison, to Retirement. Effective May 25, 2010.

Deacon Charles Dietsch, one-year extension as Deacon, Sacred Heart, Southbury. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon William Gilles, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Christopher, East Hartford. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon John Hart, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Augustine, North Branford. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Victor M. Lembo, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Michael, Beacon Falls. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon William J. Lovelace, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Augustine, North Branford. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Adam Micheale, one-year extension as Deacon, St. George, Guilford. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Martin J. O’Connor, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Bernadette, New Haven. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Donald H. Pond Jr., one-year extension as Deacon, St. Bernard, Enfield. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Ralph Rescildo, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Teresa, Woodbury. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Barry T. Skipp, one-year extension as Deacon, Sacred Heart, Bloomfield. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Stephen L. Weaver, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Paul, Glastonbury, and St. Augustine, South Glastonbury. Effective May 26, 2010.

Deacon Benedict L. Winiarski, one-year extension as Deacon, St. Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine Parishes, Windsor Locks. Effective May 26, 2010.

Reverend Joseph J. Cretella Jr., newly ordained, to Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield. Effective June 1, 2010.

Reverend Carlos Echavarria Ocampo, newly ordained, to Parochial Vicar, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes. Effective June 1, 2010.

Reverend Thomas W. Hickey, newly ordained, to Parochial Vicar, St. Paul, Glastonbury, and St. Augustine, South Glastonbury. Effective June 1, 2010.

Reverend Sebastian K. Kos, newly ordained, to Parochial Vicar, St. Rita, Hamden. Effective June 1, 2010.

Reverend John E. Pahl, newly ordained, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Family, Enfield. Effective June 1, 2010.

– Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

May 25, 2010

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.