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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 19, 1915 when ground was broken for St. Stephen Church, Hamden.
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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Gustavo Lopez Castro to Incardination into the Archdiocese of Hartford, continuing duties as Parochial Vicar, Torrington Cluster. Effective October 24, 2008.

Reverend Carlos Mario Zapata Sanchez to Incardination into the Archdiocese of Hartford, continuing duties as Parochial Vicar, St. Mary, New Britain, and St. Rose, East Hartford. Effective October 24, 2008.

Reverend Zacarias Pushpanathan to Incardination into the Archdiocese of Hartford, continuing duties as Administrator, St. Anne-Immaculate Conception, Hartford. Effective October 24, 2008.

Deacon Wayne Griffin from Deacon, Church of the Resurrection, Wallingford, to Deacon, St. Thomas, Southington, and Immaculate Conception, Southington. Effective November 1, 2008.

Deacon Stephen Yatcko from Deacon, St. Bridget, Cheshire, to Deacon, St. Joan of Arc, Hamden. Effective November 1, 2008.

Reverend Thomas J. Barry reappointed Pastor, St. John of the Cross, Middlebury. Effective November 4, 2008.

Reverend Emmanuel Okechukwu reappointed Parochial Vicar, Immaculate Conception, Waterbury. Effective November 7, 2008.

Reverend Monsignor James G. Coleman reappointed Episcopal Vicar, Waterbury Vicariate. Effective November 15, 2008.

Reverend Monsignor John P. Conte reappointed Episcopal Vicar, New Haven Vicariate. Effective November 15, 2008.

Reverend Monsignor John P. Conte reappointed Consultor, College of Consultors. Effective November 18, 2008.

Deacon Carl Vecca to Deacon, Epiphany, Cheshire, in addition to duties as Catholic Chaplain, Manson Youth Institute of the Connecticut Department of Corrections. Effective November 18, 2008.

Reverend Daniel G. Keefe reappointed Dean, Hamden-North Haven Deanery. Effective November 20, 2008.

                                                                                                                                    Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

November 24, 2008

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.