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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:

Sister Mariette J. Moan, A.S.C.J.: To Director, Office for Religious. Effective August 1, 2013.

Reverend John E. Pahl: From Parochial Vicar, Holy Family, Enfield, to Administrator, Assumption, Manchester. Effective August 12, 2013.

Sister Dolores Lahr, C.S.J.: to Victims Assistance Coordinator. Effective August 15, 2013.

Brother Vincent dePaul Ciaravino: New to the Archdiocese, to Ministry, St. Joseph, Winsted, and St. Anthony School, Winsted. Effective September 25, 2013.

Reverend James J. Nock: One-year extension as Pastor, Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Sacrament Parishes, East Hartford. Effective October 1, 2013.

Reverend Stanley R. Staron: To Temporary Parochial Vicar, St. Bernard, Sharon, and St. Bridget, Cornwall Bridge. Effective October 4, 2013.

Reverend Iain R. Highet: From  Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception, New Hartford, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Harwinton, and Chaplain, Abbey of Regina Laudis, to Administrator, St. Joseph, Canaan, and Immaculate Conception, Norfolk. Effective October 7, 2013.

Deacon William A. Elder: From Deacon, St. Margaret, Madison, to Retirement. Effective October 9, 2013.

Deacon Robert P. Tartaris: From Deacon, Our Lady of Victory and St. John Vianney Parishes, West Haven, to Retirement. Effective October 9, 2013.

Reverend Thanh Nguyen:  Renewal of priestly faculties*. Effective October 15, 2013.

Deacon Wayne F. Griffin: From Deacon, Immaculate Conception Parish, Southington, to Deacon, St. Barnabas, North Haven. Effective October 28, 2013.

Reverend Nathaniel C. Labarda: To Administrator, St. Stanislaus, Waterbury, in addition to duties as pastor, St. Michael, Waterbury, Effective November 1, 2013.

Deacon Anthony P. Solli: From Deacon, St. Barnabas, North Haven, to Deacon, Holy Infant, Orange. Effective November 1, 2013.

– Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

October 29, 2013

* Clergy 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.