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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:

Reverend Dominic J. Valla: reappointed Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Oxford, for an additional year, effective January 18, 2016.

Reverend Lawrence R. Bock: reappointed Pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Newington, for an additional year, effective February 18, 2016.

Reverend John L. Lavorgna: from medical leave of absence to temporary Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Waterbury, effective, February 17, 2016.

Reverend Karl Davis, O.M.I.: appointed Associate Chaplain at St. Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University, New Haven, effective immediately.

Reverend Michael J. Dolan: appointed Director of Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective immediately.

Reverend George Nadackal Varkey: from Parochial Vicar to Administrator of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Naugatuck, effective immediately.

Deacon Louis P. Fusco: from St. Monica Parish, Northford, and St. Augustine Parish, North Branford, to senior status as a Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective immediately.

Deacon John L. Hart: from St. Monica Parish, Northford,and St. Augustine Parish, North Branford, to senior status as a Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective immediately.

Deacon Crescenzo Vigliotta: granted diaconal faculties of the Achdiocese of Hartford and assigned to St. Bernard Parish, Enfield, effective immediately.

Deacon Paul P. Iadarola: from St. Anthony Parish, Prospect, and St. Margaret Parish, Waterbury, to St. Bridget and St. Thomas Becket Parishes, Cheshire, effective March 1, 2016.

Reverend Christopher M. Tiano: from Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, South Windsor, to Pastor of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Derby, effective March 9, 2016.

Reverend Michael J. Dolan: appointed Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in South Windsor, effective March 9, 2016, in addition to his duties as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary, South Windsor.

Reverend Carlos A. Castrillón: from Parochial Vicar of Holy Family Church, Enfield, to Parochial Vicar of St. Margaret Mary and St. Francis of Assisi Parishes, South Windsor, effective March 9, 2016.

Deacon Salvatore Defilippo to senior status as a Permanent Deacon of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective August 26, 2015.

Reverend George S. Mukuka, Chancellor

February 19, 2016

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.