Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 17, 1891 when Bishop Lawrence S. McMahon dedicated St. Bernard Church, Enfield.
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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell has made the following appointments:

Reverend Diego Albarracin: from Residence, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, to Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart and St. Peter Parishes, Hartford. Effective December 1, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Alexander Avendano: from Newly ordained to Transitional Deacon, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Effective December 3, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Didier Cardona: from Newly ordained to Transitional Deacon, St. Augustine, Hartford. Effective December 3, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Jorge Castro: from Newly ordained to Transitional Deacon, St. Bernard, Enfield. Effective December 3, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Mathieu Isaac: from Newly ordained to Transitional Deacon, St. Mary and St. Ann Parishes, New Britain. Effective December 3, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Andrés Mendoza: from Newly ordained to Transitional Deacon, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield. Effective December 3, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Timothy Ryan: from Newly ordained to Transitional Deacon, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Mary, and St. Rose Parishes, East Hartford. Effective December 3, 2011.

Reverend Mr. Nicola Trân: from Newly ordained to Transitional Deacon, St. Lawrence O’Toole, Hartford. Effective December 3, 2011.

Reverend Edmund M. O’Brien: from Pastor, St. Adalbert, Enfield, to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, St. Adalbert, Enfield. Effective December 8, 2011.

Reverend John G. Weaver: to Pastor, St. Adalbert, Enfield, in addition to duties as Pastor, St. Patrick, Enfield. Effective December 8, 2011.

Reverend Thomas B. Campion: from Pastor, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield, to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield. Effective December 31, 2011.

Reverend Cyriac Maliekal: from Medical leave to Resume duties as Pastor, Christ the Redeemer, Milford. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Cosmas Archibong: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Gerald R. Biron, M.S.: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Mark Bonsignore: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Dennis Kolinski, S.J.C.: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Augustine A. Mangalath: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Elias Menuba: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Thanh Nguyen: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Thomas Plathottam: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend John Powers, C.P.: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Robert Vujs, M.M.: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Brian R. Sheridan, M.S.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows, Hartford. Effective January 4, 2012.

Reverend James M. Donagher, M.S.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Sorrows, Hartford. Effective January 4, 2012.

Reverend Henry A. Balchunas: from Pastor, St. Pius X, Wolcott to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, St. Pius X, Wolcott. Effective January 8, 2012.

Reverend Kevin G. Donovan: from Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Branford, and St. Clare, East Haven, to Pastor, St. Pius X, Wolcott. Effective January 8, 2012.

Reverend Joseph J. Cretella: from Parochial Vicar, St. Bernard, Tariffville. To Administrator, St. Bernard, Tariffville. Effective January 10, 2012.

Reverend James J. Cronin: from Pastor, St. Mary, Milford to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, St. Mary, Milford. Effective January 10, 2012.

Reverend Aidan N. Donahue: from Pastor, Sacred Heart, Bloomfield, to Pastor, St. Mary, Milford. Effective January 10, 2012.

Reverend Collins Anaeche: from Priest in residence, Sacred Heart, Southbury, to Administrator, Sacred Heart, Bloomfield. Effective January 10, 2012.

Reverend Bernard Palka, S.A.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Chaplain, Connecticut Department of Correction. Effective January 13, 2012.

Reverend Shawn T. Daly: from Pastor, St. Joseph and St. Mary Parishes, Meriden, to Pastor, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield. Effective January 22, 2012.

– Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

December 28, 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.