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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 21, 1934 when Father James J. Kane offered Madison's first Mass in Madison's Memorial Town Hall.
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The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., has made the following appointments:

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

Reverend George Thadathil Abraham, S.D.B.: granted priestly faculties effective January 1, 2016, until February 1, 2017.

Reverend Patrick Anthony: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Mark J. Bonsignore: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Raymond Borkowski, O.F.M. Conv.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend James Donagher, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Monsignor Steven A. Ferrari: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Frederick R. Flaherty, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

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

Rev. John M. Garvey, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Anthony Giampietro, C.S.B.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Donald A. Guglielmi: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

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

Reverend Maurice F. Linehan, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Michael Manz: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Alan B. McGuirk, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend E. Elias Menuba: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend William M. Mulcair, M.S: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Joseph J. Nolan, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

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

Reverend Sau Van Phung: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Daniel J. Scott: M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Thomas G. Sickler, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Donald K. Thomas, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Robert W. Vujs, M.M.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend Joseph F. Whalen, M.S.: renewal of priestly faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Deacon Hung Duc Truong: renewal of diaconal faculties for the calendar year 2016.

Reverend David Carey: to the Seminarian Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Hartford for a term of two years, effective January 5, 2016.

Reverend John Golas: to the Seminarian Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Hartford for a term of two years, effective January 5, 2016.

Reverend Roland LaPlante: to the Seminarian Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Hartford for a term of two years, effective January 5, 2016.

Reverend Jose Mercado: appointed to the Seminarian Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Hartford for a term of two years, effective January 5, 2016.

Deacon Kenneth Bangs, Ph.D.: appointed to the Seminarian Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Hartford for a term of two years, effective January 5, 2016.

Mother Miriam Seiferman, F.S.E.: appointed to the Seminarian Advisory Board of the Archdiocese of Hartford for a term of two years, effective January 5, 2016.

Reverend Robert L. Turner: from Pastor, Pastor of St. Augustine Church, North Branford, and St. Monica Church, Northford, to Pastor, newly erected St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, effective immediately.

Deacon Joseph Marenna: from St. Augustine Church, North Branford, and St. Monica Church, Northford, to newly erected St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, effective immediately.

Reverend George S. Mukuka, Chancellor

January 21, 2016

* 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.