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

Reverend Ronald P. Zepecki: Reappointed Pastor, SS. Peter and Paul, Wallingford. Effective July 23, 2012.

Reverend Joseph G.M. Kurnath: Reappointed Pastor, St. Mary, Lakeville. Effective July 25, 2012.

Reverend Christopher M. Tiano: Reappointed Pastor, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes. Effective July 30, 2012.

Reverend Alvin J. LeBlanc: Reappointed Pastor, St. Ann, Bristol, in addition to duties as a Judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal. Effective July 31, 2012.

Reverend Mark S. Suslenko: Reappointed Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua, Prospect, in addition to duties as Administrator, Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazón, Waterbury. Effective August 15, 2012.

Reverend Eugeniusz Kotlinski, C.M.: New to the Archdiocese, to Pastor, St. Hedwig and St. Mary Parishes, Union City. Effective August 18, 2012.

Reverend Joseph V. Napolitano: from Pastor, Holy Rosary and St. Anthony Parishes, Ansonia, to Pastor, St. Ann, New Britain. Effective August 18, 2012.

Reverend Adam C. Subocz: from Administrator, St. Mary and St. Hedwig Parishes, Union City, to Administrator, Holy Rosary and St. Anthony Parishes, Ansonia. Effective August 18, 2012.

Reverend Lukasz Sorys, C.M.: New to the Archdiocese, to Priest in Residence, St. Mary and St. Hedwig Parishes, Union City. Effective August 18, 2012.

Reverend José A. Mercado: to Temporary Administrator, St. Lawrence O’Toole, Hartford, in addition to duties as Pastor, St. Augustine and St. Anne-Immaculate Conception Parishes, Hartford, Hartford Dean, and Director of the Office for Hispanic Evangelization. Effective August 20, 2012.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

August 22, 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.