Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 20, 1971 when parishioners settled on a site for the new St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford.
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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Joseph Burtka, L.C., Renewal of faculties. Effective October 24, 2008.

Deacon James H. Stanley from Deacon, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hamden, to Retirement. Effective November 29, 2008.

Reverend Arthur J. Audet from Administrator, St. John Fisher, Marlborough, to Pastor, St. John Fisher, Marlborough. Effective November 30, 2008.

Reverend Mark R. Jette to Pastor, St. Paul, West Haven, Reappointed Pastor, St. Lawrence, West Haven. Effective November 30, 2008.

Reverend Christopher O’Connor, L.C., Archdiocesan faculties granted in conjunction with appointment as Assistant to the Rector, Novitiate and College of Humanities, Cheshire. Effective December 1, 2008.

Reverend Denis A. Kolumber, M.S., Archdiocesan faculties granted in conjunction with residence at the LaSalette Residence, Hartford. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Salvatore D. Altavista, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Emile C. Dusseault, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Rene J. Gelinas, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Francis J. Kula, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend James T. Lowery, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend William M. Mulcair, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Daniel J. Scott, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Emery G. DesRochers, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Frederick R. Flaherty, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Stanley T. Kennedy, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Maurice F. Linehan, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Alan B. McGuirk, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Joseph M. O’Neil, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend Donald K. Thomas, M.S., Renewal of faculties. Effective December 2, 2008.

Reverend James F. Kinnane, Reappointment as Adjutant Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Effective December 8, 2008.

Reverend Michael S. Galasso, from Pastor, St. Peter, Hartford, to Medical Leave of Absence. Effective December 8, 2008.

Reverend Francis Snell to Administrator, St. Peter, Hartford, in addition to duties as Administrator of the North End Cluster of Parishes. Effective December 8, 2008.

Deacon Gerard Geraci from Chaplain, Osborne Facility of the State of Connecticut Correctional System, and Deacon, St. Joseph, New Britain, and St. Maurice, New Britain, to Leave of Absence. December 11, 2008.

Reverend Robert Vujs, Renewal of faculties. Effective December 16, 2008.

Deacon Wayne E. Sandford from Deacon, Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven, to Inactive Status. Effective December 16, 2008.

Reverend Norman L. Brockett from Pastor, St. Vincent dePaul, East Haven, to Leave of Absence. Effective December 19, 2008.

Reverend Thomas E. Ptaszynski from Temporary Administrator, St. Mark, West Hartford, to Temporary Administrator, St. Vincent dePaul, East Haven. Effective December 19, 2008.

Reverend Antoni Hebda, New to the Archdiocese, to Pastoral Ministry, Sacred Heart, New Britain. Effective December 29, 2008.

Reverend Eugene M. Kilbride from Parochial Vicar, St. Helena, West Hartford, to Retirement. Effective December 31, 2008.

Msgr. John J. McCarthy, Chancellor

December 29, 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.