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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 Gregory Usselmann, L.C.: from Outside the Archdiocese, Priestly faculties* granted, and to Vocation Director, Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ, Cheshire. Effective November 5, 2012.

Reverend Leo C. Holleran, M.S.: from Outside the Archdiocese, Priestly faculties* granted, to LaSalette House, Hartford. Effective November 29, 2012.

Reverend Mr. William Agyemang: Newly ordained Transitional Deacon, to St. Joseph, Canaan, and Immaculate Conception, Norfolk. Effective December 1, 2012.

Reverend Mr. Piotr Buczek: Newly ordained Transitional Deacon, to St. Augustine, North Branford. Effective December 1, 2012.

Reverend Mr. Carlos Andres Piedrahita Echeverri: Newly ordained Transitional Deacon, to St. James and Assumption Parishes, Manchester. Effective December 1, 2012.

Reverend Mr. John Robert Mariano: Newly ordained Transitional Deacon, to Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury. Effective December 1, 2012.

Reverend Mr. Michael Alberto Santiago: Newly ordained Transitional Deacon, to St. Ann, Bristol. Effective December 1, 2012.

Reverend James C. Manship: Reappointed Pastor, St. Rose of Lima, New Haven. Effective December 12, 2012.

Deacon Ernest H. Pagliaro: from Deacon, St. Francis of Assisi, Naugatuck, to Deacon, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Waterbury. Effective December 15, 2012.

Reverend Eugene G. Barrette, M.S.: from Outside the Archdiocese, Priestly faculties* granted, to LaSalette House, Hartford. Effective December 28, 2012.

Reverend John J. Georgia: from Medical Leave of Absence to Pastor, Resurrection, Wallingford. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Arthur J. DuPont: from Temporary Administrator, Resurrection, Wallingford, to Return to retirement. Effective January 1, 2013.

Monsignor John Hartmann: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Gerald R. Biron, M.S.: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Mark Bonsignore: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Paul Guido, O.F.M.: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Sebastian Leonard, O.S.B.: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Augustine A. Mangalath: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Elias Menuba: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Thanh Nguyen: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend John Powers, C.P.: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Julian A. Szumilo, C.M.: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend Robert Vujs, M.M.: Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective January 1, 2013.

Reverend James J. Aherne, M.S.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows, Hartford. Effective January 3, 2013.

Reverend Brian R. Sheridan, M.S.: from Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows, Hartford, to Outside the Archdiocese. Effective January 3, 2013.

Deacon Thomas F. Breen III: from Deacon, Assumption, Manchester, to Deacon, St. Christopher, East Hartford. Effective January 5, 2013.

Reverend Monsignor John P. Conte: from Pastor, St. Margaret, Madison, to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, St. Margaret, Madison. Effective January 7, 2013.

Reverend Sebastian K. Kos: from Parochial Vicar, St. Rita, Hamden, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Cross, New Britain. Effective January 7, 2013.

Reverend Robert M. Kwiatkowski: Reappointed Pastor, St. Teresa of Avila, Woodbury. Effective January 9, 2013.

Reverend Henry Alexander Avendaño: Newly Ordained, to Parochial Vicar, to St. Joseph, Bristol. Effective January 15, 2013.

Reverend Jorge Eliecer Castro Morales: Newly Ordained, to Parochial Vicar, Holy Trinity, Wallingford. Effective January 15, 2013.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

December 26, 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.