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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, D.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Michael J. Slusz: from Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, Naugatuck, to Leave of Absence. Effective May 1, 2012.

Reverend Nathaniel C. Labarda: from Temporary Administrator, St. Mary, Derby, to Temporary Administrator, St. Michael, Waterbury. Effective May 1, 2012.

Reverend John Kuzhikottayil, S.D.B.: from Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Branford, to Administrator, St. Francis of Assisi, Naugatuck. Effective May 21, 2012.

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo: from Administrator, St. John of the Cross, Middlebury, to Pastor, St. John of the Cross, Middlebury. Effective May 23, 2012.

Reverend Kingsley Chukwuemeka Ihejirika: New to the Archdiocese, to Parochial Vicar, St. Justin and St. Michael Parishes, Hartford. Effective May 23, 2012.

Reverend James Richardson S.C.: One-year extension as Pastor, Most Holy Trinity, Wallingford. Effective May 26, 2012.

Reverend Mathieu Isaac: Newly Ordained, to Parochial Vicar, St. Mary and St. Ann Parishes, New Britain. Effective May 30, 2012.

Reverend Robert N. Landback: Newly Ordained, to Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, Branford. Effective May 30, 2012.

Reverend Timothy E. Ryan: Newly Ordained, to Parochial Vicar, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Mary and St. Rose Parishes, East Hartford. Effective May 30, 2012.

Reverend Nicola N.H. Tran: Newly Ordained, to Parochial Vicar, St. Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine Parishes, Windsor Locks. Effective May 30, 2012.

Reverend Dominic Anaeto: to Pastoral Ministry, St. Vincent de Paul, East Haven. Effective May 30, 2012.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

May 23, 2012


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.