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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Fidelis Lemchi: from Outside the Archdiocese to Catholic Chaplain, Hartford Hospital. Effective December 28, 2011.

Reverend Ralph M. Colicchio: from Pastor, St. Anthony and St. Michael Parishes, New Haven, to Pastor, St. Michael, New Haven. Effective December 31, 2011.

Reverend Francis Snell: from Administrator, Sacred Heart, New Haven, to Pastor, Sacred Heart and St. Anthony Parishes, New Haven. Effective December 31, 2011.

Reverend Monsignor John Hartmann: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend James George: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Sebastian Leonard, O.S.B.: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Richard Okiria: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend Julian A. Szumilo, C.M.: Renewal of priestly faculties. Effective January 1, 2012.

Reverend George Villamthanam: from Outside the Archdiocese to Part-time Catholic Chaplain, Connecticut Department of Correction. Effective January 1, 2012.

Deacon Robert E. Lambert: to Deacon, St. Patrick, Enfield, in addition to duties at St. Adalbert, Enfield. Effective January 3, 2012.

Deacon Vincent J. Motto: to Deacon, St. Adalbert, Enfield, in addition to duties at St. Patrick, Enfield. Effective January 3, 2012.

Reverend Brendan Cooney, S.P.S.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Catholic Chaplain, The Connecticut Hospice, Branford. Effective January 4, 2012.

Reverend Tomasz Sztuber: from Outside the Archdiocese to Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart, New Britain. Effective January 4, 2012.

Reverend Gerard G. Masters: from Temporary Administrator, Christ the Redeemer, Milford, to Administrator, St. Elizabeth, Branford, and St. Clare, East Haven. Effective January 8, 2012.

Reverend Donald A. French: from Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Hamden, to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, Blessed Sacrament, Hamden. Effective January 15, 2012.

Reverend Daniel G. Keefe: to Administrator, Blessed Sacrament, Hamden, in addition to duties as Pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Hamden. Effective January 15, 2012.

Reverend Bernard Palka, S.A.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Catholic Chaplain, Connecticut Department of Correction, with residence at St. Vincent dePaul, East Haven. Effective January 18, 2012.

Reverend Paul Guido, O.F.M.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph, Winsted. Effective January 19, 2012.

Deacon Robert J. Brunell: from Deacon, Blessed Sacrament, Hamden, to Retirement. Effective January 19, 2012.

Deacon Richard L. Santello: from Deacon, St. Anthony and St. Michael Parishes, New Haven, to Deacon, St. Michael, New Haven. Effective January 20, 2012.

Reverend Gerald H. Dziedzic: from Pastor, Immaculate Conception and St. Casimir Parishes, Terryville, to Pastor, St. Joseph and St. Mary Parishes, Meriden. Effective February 1, 2012.

Reverend Marcin P. Pluciennik: from Parochial Vicar, St. Bridget and St. Bartholomew Parishes, Manchester, and Chaplain, East Catholic High School, Manchester, to Administrator, Immaculate Conception and St. Casimir Parishes, Terryville. Effective February 1, 2012.

 

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

January 25, 2012

 

* 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.