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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 Robert T. Russo: to Director, Mission Office of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Effective January 15, 2012.

Reverend Dominic Anaeto: Renewal of priestly faculties.* Effective January 25, 2012.

Reverend Daniel T. Wojtun: from Administrator, Immaculate Conception, Southington, to Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield. Effective February 1, 2012.

Reverend Stanley R. Staron: from Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield, to Administrator, Immaculate Conception, Southington. Effective February 1, 2012.

Reverend Charles Bak, M.S.A.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Parochial Vicar, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury. Effective February 3, 2012.

Deacon Wayne E. Sandford: from Inactive duty to Deacon, St. Therese and St. Frances Cabrini Parishes, North Haven. Effective February 9, 2012.

Reverend Joseph Savino Gyimah: from Parochial Vicar, Our Lady of Mercy, Plainville, and ministry to the Ghanaian Community, to Returning to his home diocese of Konongo-Mampong, Ghana. Effective February 9, 2012.

Deacon Clifford Eric Thermer: from Deacon, St. Patrick, Farmington, to Deacon, St. Brigid and St. Helena Parishes, West Hartford. Effective February 11, 2012.

Reverend Paul Grant: from Outside the Archdiocese to Customary faculties granted, with ministry at St. Ann, Avon.* Effective February 13, 2012.

Reverend Susith Silva: Renewal of priestly faculties.* Effective February 15, 2012.

Reverend Thomas J. O’Rourke: from Pastor, Ascension, Hamden, to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, Ascension, Hamden. Effective February 20, 2012.

Reverend Daniel G. Keefe: from Pastor, St. Joan of Arc, Hamden, to Pastor, Blessed Sacrament and Ascension Parishes, Hamden. Effective February 20, 2012.

Reverend Nathaniel C. Labarda: from Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Milford, to Administrator, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Derby. Effective February 22, 2012.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

February 22, 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.