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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 22, 1960 when ground was broken for St. Philip Church, East Windsor.
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The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., has made the following appointments:

Very Reverend Mario Juan-Diego Brunetta, O.P., J.C.D.: to Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective December 1, 2015.

Reverend Ryan M. Lerner: to Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Hartford, in addition to his duties as Secretary to the Archbishop, effective November 23, 2015.

Deacon Julio Maturano: to return to active status for the parishes of Churches of St. Mary, St. Rose and St. Isaac Jogues, East Hartford, effective December 1, 2015.

Deacon James P. Taylor: from our Lady of Fatima Parish, Yalesville, to Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven, effective December 1, 2015.

Deacon John Esterheld: new to the Archdiocese, to the Church of the Resurrection, Wallingford, effective December 7, 2015.

Reverend Dennis P. Connell, M.S.A.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend John Higgins, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend William Holt, O.P.: granted priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend William Evans Liyanarachchi: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Albert Fordano: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Dennis Kolinski, S.J.C.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend George S. Mukuka, Chancellor

December 16, 2015

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.