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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 20, 1971 when parishioners settled on a site for the new St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford.
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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Nicholas P. Melo: Reappointed Pastor, St. Thomas, Southington. Effective May 30, 2013.

Reverend James T. Gregory: Reappointed Pastor, St. Mary Magdalen, Oakville. Effective May 30, 2013.

Deacon Terence M. Nolan: From Deacon, St. Teresa, Woodbury, to Leave of Absence. Effective May 30, 2013.

Reverend James F. Kinnane: To Retirement as Vicar for Religious, while continuing with duties as Adjutant Judicial Vicar and Judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal, as well as priest in residence at Holy Spirit, Newington. Effective June 1, 2013.

Reverend John S. Golas: To Vicar for Religious. Effective June 1, 2013.

Reverend Joseph R. Cronin: Reappointed Pastor, Our Lady of Victory and St. John Vianney Parishes, West Haven. Effective June 4, 2013.

Reverend Anthony Kuzia, C.M.: Priestly faculties* granted, DePaul Provincial House, Manchester. Effective June 10, 2013.

Reverend John Kuzhikottayil, S.D.B.: From Administrator, St. Francis of Assisi, Naugatuck, to Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, Naugatuck. Effective June 18, 2013.

Reverend Gustavo Lopez: From Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. John the Evangelist, Watertown, to Parochial Vicar, St. John the Evangelist, Watertown. Effective June 18, 2013.

Deacon William J. Lovelace: From Deacon, St. Augustine, North Branford, to Retirement. Effective June 18, 2013.

Deacon Carl Lickwar: From Deacon, St. Gabriel, Windsor, to Retirement. Effective June 23, 2013.

Reverend William Agyemang: Newly ordained to Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield. Effective June 25, 2013.

Reverend Robert G. Heffernan: From Pastor, St. Stephen, Hamden, to Retirement, Pastor Emeritus, St. Stephen, Hamden. Effective June 30, 2013.

Reverend Richard J. Taberski: From Administrator, St. Thomas of Villanova, Goshen, to Retirement. Effective June 30, 2013.

Reverend Robert F. Tucker: To Pastor, St. Thomas of Villanova, Goshen, in addition to duties as Pastor, St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield. Effective July 1, 2013.

Reverend Michael T. Casey: Newly ordained to Temporary Parochial Vicar, Corpus Christi and Sacred Heart Parishes, Wethersfield. Effective July 1, 2013.

Reverend Kevin M. Dillon: Reappointed Pastor, St. Aloysius, Plantsville, in addition to duties as Coordinator for the Committee for the Restructuring of Parishes. Effective July 1, 2013.

Reverend Christopher M. Tiano: From Pastor, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes, to Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, South Windsor, in addition to duties as Director of the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization. Effective July 1, 2013.

Reverend John Granato: From Parochial Vicar, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes, to Administrator, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes. Effective July 1, 2013.

Reverend Zacharias Pushpanathan: From Administrator, St. Francis of Assisi, South Windsor, to Parochial Vicar, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes. Effective July 1, 2013.

Reverend Thomas W. Hickey: From Parochial Vicar, St. Paul, Glastonbury, and St. Augustine, South Glastonbury, to Administrator, St. Stephen, Hamden. Effective July 1, 2013.

Reverend William R. Metzler: From Pastor, St. Paul, Glastonbury, and St. Augustine, South Glastonbury, to Pastor, St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford. Effective July 15, 2013.

Reverend Monsignor Michael J. Motta: From Pastor, St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford, to Pastor, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville. Effective July 15, 2013.

Reverend John S. Golas: From Pastor, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville, to Pastor, St. Paul, Glastonbury, and St. Augustine, South Glastonbury. Effective July 15, 2013.

Reverend Robert T. St. Martin: From Residence, St. Mary Star of the Sea, Unionville, to Residence, St. Paul, Glastonbury, and St. Augustine, South Glastonbury. Effective July 15, 2013.

 

Seminarian Summer Assignments effective May 30, 2013:

Mr. Peter Bernetsky: To St. Mary the Immaculate Conception, Derby.

Mr. Ricardo Borja: To St. Isaac Jogues, St. Mary, and St. Rose Parishes, East Hartford.

Mr. Edwuin Cardona: To St. Teresa, Woodbury.

Mr. Glen Dmytryszyn: To SS. Peter and Paul and St. Leo the Great Parishes, Waterbury.

Mr. Mauricio Galvis: To St. Augustine, North Branford.

Mr. Ramon Garcia: To St. Casimir and Immaculate Conception Parishes, Terryville.

Mr. Jorge Godoy: To St. Catherine of Siena, West Simsbury.

Mr. Matthew Gworek: To St. Mary, Branford.

Mr. Ryan Lerner: To Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven, while interning at the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Mr. David Madejski: To St. Dominic, Southington.

Mr. James Onofrio: To Holy Angels, South Meriden.

Mr. Michael Ruminski: To St. Joseph, Canaan.

Deacon James M. Sullivan; To St. Anthony of Padua, Litchfield (weekends), while assisting in the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization (weekdays).

Mr. Eric Zuniga: To St. Bernard, Tariffville.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

June 25, 2013

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.