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

Reverend Charles E. Ikwuegbu: from Parochial Vicar, St. Brigid andSt. Helena Parishes, West Hartford, to Chaplain, St. Joseph Residence, Enfield. Effective July 27, 2014.

Reverend Timothy A. Meehan: One-year extension as Pastor, St. Therese and St. Frances Cabrini, North Haven. Effective July 27, 2014.

Deacon Ralph Rescildo: Incardinated* into the Archdiocese of Hartford, in addition to duties as Deacon, St. Teresa, Woodbury. Effective July 31, 2014.

Reverend Eddie DeLéon, C.M.F.: Reappointed Assistant Chaplain, St. Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University, New Haven. Effective August 1, 2014.

Reverend John C. Granato: from Administrator, Torringon Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes, to Pastor, Torrington Cluster of Roman Catholic Parishes. Effective August 1, 2014.

Reverend Thomas W. Hickey: from Administrator, St. Stephen, Hamden, to Pastor, St. Stephen, Hamden. Effective August 1, 2014.

Reverend Israel Jesus Rivera; from Administrator, St. Mary, New Britain, to Pastor, St. Mary, New Britain. Effective August 1, 2014.

Deacon Mark J. Stevens: from Deacon, St. Bridget, Cheshire, to Deacon, Epiphany, Cheshire. Effective August 1, 2014.

Reverend Francis R. Fador: One-year extension as Pastor, St. Bernard, Sharon, and St. Bridget, Cornwall Bridge. Effective August 14, 2014.

Reverend James P. Kelly, O.F.M.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick-St. Anthony, Hartford. Effective August 15, 2014.

Reverend Anthony Kuzia, C.M.: from Outside the Archdiocese to Parochial Vicar, St. Stanislaus, New Haven. Effective September 1, 2014.

– Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

August 26, 2014

* 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.