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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 23, 1976 when Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien passed away.
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The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Nicola Nghia Huu Tran: from Parochial Vicar of St. Mary and St. Robert Bellarmine Parishes, Windsor Locks, to chaplain of St. Joseph’s Residence, Enfield, effective June 3, 2016.

Reverend Alex Avendano: from Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish, Bristol, to Parochial Vicar of St. George Parish, Guilford, effective June 7, 2016.

Reverend George M. Couturier: from Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Branford, to Administrator of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Rocky Hill, effective June 7, 2016.

Reverend Diego Jimenez: to Administrator of St. Margaret Parish, Waterbury, in addition to duties as Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish, Waterbury, effective June 7, 2016.

Reverend Daniel G. Keefe: from Pastor of Blessed Sacrament and Ascension Parishes, Hamden, to Administrator of St. Mary Parish, Branford, effective June 7, 2016.

Reverend Robert Landback: from Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Parish,  Branford, to Administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Yalesville, effective June 7, 2016.

Reverend John J. Lavorgna: from Temporary Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Waterbury, to Administrator of SS. Peter and Paul and St. Leo the Great Parishes, Waterbury, effective June 13, 2016.

Reverend Roberto McCarthy: from Parochial Vicar of St. Bridget and St. Thomas Becket Parishes, Cheshire, to Administrator of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Waterbury, effective June 28, 2016.

Reverend Jeremiah N. Murasso: from Pastor of Blessed Sacrament and the Shrine of St. Anne for Mothers Parishes, Waterbury, to Administrator of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish, East Haven, effective June 28, 2016.

Deacon Salvatore Fusco: to Mary our Queen Parish, Plantsville, effective Feb. 26, 2016.

Deacon Michael Cassella: to active status and as Deacon of St. James Parish, Rocky Hill, effective June 1, 2016.

Deacon George W. Frederick: One-year extension, St. Laurent and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parishes, Meriden, effective June 1, 2016.

Deacon Robert M. Pallotti: from St. James Parish, Rocky Hill, to St. Peter Claver Parish, West Hartford, in addition to Director of the Office of the Diaconate, effective June 1, 2016.

Deacon Stanley J. Piotrowski, Jr.: One-year extension, St. Gregory the Great Parish, Bristol, effective June 1, 2016.

Deacon Brian K. Armstrong: newly ordained, to St. Ann Parish, Bristol, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon James R. Blanchette: newly ordained, to Holy Spirit Parish, Newington, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Robert B. Carter: newly ordained, to St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Derby, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Dominic J. Corraro: newly ordained, to St. Louis Parish, West Haven, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon William G. Dziatko: newly ordained, to St. Paul and St. Augustine Parishes, Glastonbury, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Philip J. Gosselin: newly ordained, to St. Christopher Parish, East Hartford, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Michael J. Lynch: newly ordained, to Holy Rosary Parish, Ansonia, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Angelo Moriello: newly ordained, to St. Margaret and Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parishes, Waterbury, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Paul L. Robert: newly ordained, to St. Patrick and St. Adalbert Parishes, Enfield, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Norris A. Taylor: newly ordained, to the Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish, Hartford, effective June 18, 2016.

Deacon Robert C. Johnson: reappointed to St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Parish, Derby, effective July 1, 2016.

Deacon Joseph K. Kane: reappointed to St. Joseph and St. Peter Parishes, New Britain, effective July 1, 2016.

Deacon Victor M. Lembo: reappointed to St. Michael Parish, Beacon Falls, effective July 1, 2016.

Deacon Vincent J. Motto: from St. Adalbert and St. Patrick Parishes, Enfield, to Holy Family Parish, Enfield, effective July 1, 2016.

Deacon Ramon A. Rosado: reappointed to St. Augustine Parish, Hartford, effective July 1, 2016.

Deacon Joseph R. Ryzewski: from St. Brendan and St. Aedan Parishes, New Haven, to St. Stephen Parish, Hamden, effective July 1, 2016.

 

– Reverend George S. Mukuka, Chancellor
June 15, 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.