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The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Stanley Smolenski: from Assignment outside the Archdiocese to Retirement. Effective April 1, 2014.

Deacon William H. Bartlett: from Deacon, St. Bartholomew, Manchester, to Roman Catholic Chaplain, Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center, Uncasville. Effective April 4, 2014.

Deacon Henry Szumowski: from Deacon, St. Dunstan, Glastonbury, to Roman Catholic Chaplain, MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution, Suffield; Osborn Correctional Institution, Somers; and Northern Correctional Institution, Somers. Effective April 4, 2014.

Reverend Lawrence R. Bock: to Temporary Administrator, St. Mary, Newington, in addition to one-year extension as Pastor, Holy Spirit, Newington. Effective April 17, 2014.

Reverend Henry P. Cody: One-year extension as Pastor, St. Timothy, West Hartford. Effective April 17, 2014.

Reverend James Richardson, S.C.: from Parochial Vicar, St. Rose of Lima, Meriden, to Retirement. Effective April 17, 2014.

Reverend James F. Kinnane: One-year extension as Adjutant Judicial Vicar. Effective April 20, 2014.

Most Reverend Christie A. Macaluso: from Moderator of the Curia to President/Rector, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, in addition to duties as Vicar General. Effective May 1, 2014.

Reverend Monsignor Gerard G. Schmitz: from President/Rector, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, to Continuing duties as Vicar for Priests and Director of the Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin Residence for Retired Priests. Effective May 1, 2014.

Reverend Steven C. Boguslawski, O.P.: New to the Archdiocese, to Moderator of the Curia. Effective May 1, 2014.

Reverend Paul J. Pace: One-year extension as Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Waterbury. Effective May 2, 2014.

Reverend Monsignor David M. Walker: One-year extension as Pastor, St. Therese, Branford. Effective May 11, 2014.

Reverend Jeffrey V. Romans: from Secretary to the Archbishop and Assistant Chancellor to Pastor, St. Bridget, Cheshire. Effective May 17, 2014.

Reverend John L. Lavorgna: from Pastor, Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven, to Secretary to the Archbishop and Assistant Chancellor. Effective May 19, 2014.

Reverend James J. Lenaghan, O.P.: to Temporary Administrator, Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven, in addition to duties as Chaplain, Quinnipiac University, Hamden. Effective May 19, 2014.

– Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

April 23, 2014

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.