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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 23, 1976 when Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien passed away.
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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Humberto Gaytán, L.C., Priestly Faculties Granted.* Effective January 10, 2011.

Reverend Simon Devereux, L.C., Priestly Faculties Granted.* Effective January 10, 2011.

Deacon John W. McKaig, One year extension as Deacon, St. John Fisher, Marlborough. Effective January 21, 2011.

Reverend Mr. George Mukuka to Transitional Deacon, Sacred Heart, Bloomfield. Effective January 26, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Anthony Smith to Transitional Deacon, St. Mary, Branford. Effective January 26, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Anton Miranda from Transitional Deacon, St. Thomas, Southington, to Transitional Deacon, St. Joseph and St. Peter, New Britain. Effective January 26, 2011.

Reverend Robert A. O’Grady to Member of the Priests’ Personnel Advisory Board in addition to duties as Pastor of St. Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine, Windsor Locks. Effective February 15, 2011.

Reverend Alvin J. LeBlanc to Member of the Priests’ Personnel Advisory Board in addition to duties as Pastor of St. Ann, Bristol, and part-time duties at the Metropolitan Tribunal. Effective February 15, 2011.

Reverend David Zercie, M.S.A., Priestly Faculties Granted.* Effective February 15, 2011.

Reverend Edmund S. Nadolny, Pastor, Sacred Heart, East Berlin, one-year extension. Effective February 18, 2011.

Deacon Richard Boucher from Deacon, Sacred Heart, Suffield, to Deacon, St. Bernard, Enfield. Effective February 19, 2011.

Reverend John P. Rohan, Renewal as Pastor of St. Mary, St. Rose and St. Isaac Jogues, East Hartford. Effective February 22, 2011.

Reverend Matthew Morreale, O.F.M., New to Archdiocese, St. Joseph, Winsted, and Priestly Faculties Granted.* Effective March 1, 2011.

– Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

February 23, 2011


* Priests who are not incardinated in the Archdiocese of Hartford must request permission from the Archbishop to minister here; that is, they request faculties.

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.