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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 Shawn T. Daly: to Administrator of St. Mary Parish, Newington, and to Minister for Priests for the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective September 19, 2016.

Reverend John P. Melnick: from Pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Enfield, to Administrator of St. Gabriel Parish, Windsor, and St. Joseph Parish, Poquonock, effective September 19, 2016.

Reverend Robert Vargo: from Pastor of St. Gabriel Parish, Windsor, and St. Joseph Parish, Poquonock, to Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective September 19, 2016.

Reverend Carlos Castrillon: to part-time Associate Chaplain, East Catholic High School, Manchester, in addition to duties as Parochial Vicar of St. Margaret Mary and St. Francis of Assisi Parishes, South Windsor, effective August 16, 2016.

Reverend Michael J. Dolan: to part-time Chaplain, East Catholic High School, Manchester, in addition to duties as Pastor of St. Margaret Mary and St. Francis of Assisi Parishes, South Windsor, effective August 16, 2016.

Reverend Hector G. Rangel: to part-time Associate Chaplain, St. Paul High School, Bristol, in addition to duties as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph Parish, Bristol, effective August 16, 2016.

Reverend Gary F. Simeone: to part-time Chaplain, St. Paul High School, Bristol, in addition to duties as Pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Bristol, effective August 16, 2016.

Reverend Sebastian Kochupurackal, CMI: renewal of priestly faculties* until August 31, 2017, effective August 31, 2016.

Reverend Wilson D. Miscamble, CSC: granted temporary priestly faculties* until June 2, 2017, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Hamden, effective September 1, 2016.

Reverend Albino Barrera, OP: granted temporary priestly faculties* until May 31, 2017, St. Mary Priory, New Haven, effective September 1, 2016.

Reverend Cesar Augusto Acevedo Quiceno: granted temporary priestly faculties* until September 28, 2016, Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parish, Waterbury, effective September 5, 2016.

Deacon Carl M. Vecca: return to active status for the parish of St. Vincent Ferrer, Naugatuck, effective August 17, 2016.

Deacon Paul E. Sabo: Senior status**, effective August 26, 2016.

Deacon Edwin Lopez: from St. Margaret Parish, Waterbury, to Sacred Heart-Corazon Parish, Waterbury, effective August 29, 2016.

Deacon Adam J. Michaele: reappointed Deacon St. Margaret Parish, Madison, effective September 1, 2016.

Reverend George S. Mukuka, Chancellor

Sept. 14, 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.

**Because deacons and priests have received the sacrament of holy orders and therefore never retire in the canonical sense, the term “senior priest” describes their status.

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.