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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 22, 1960 when ground was broken for St. Philip Church, East Windsor.
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The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend William Verrilli: to part-time ministry, Judge and Defender of the Bond, Metropolitan Tribunal, effective October 7, 2016.

Reverend John Paul Walker, O.P.: to Administrator of St. Joseph Parish, New Haven, in addition to duties as Pastor of St. Mary Parish, New Haven, effective August 8, 2016.

Reverend Ivan D. Ramirez: Incardinated into the Presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective August 24, 2016.

Reverend Israel Rivera: Incardinated into the Presbyterate of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective August 24, 2016.

Reverend Emmanuel Okechukwu: temporary priestly faculties, Nativity Parish, Bethlehem, until October 31, 2016, effective September 8, 2016.

Reverend Thomas Vendetti, L.C.: temporary priestly faculties, Novitiate and College of Humanities, Cheshire, until March 1, 2017, effective September 15, 2016.

Reverend A. Rafal Kopystynski, C.M.: to Administrator of St. Michael Parish, Derby, effective September 27, 2016.

Monsignor Thomas M. Ginty: to Administrator of St. Matthew Parish, Forestville, effective October 5, 2016.

Reverend James J. Nock: reappointed to Administrator of Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Sacrament parishes, East Hartford, for an additional year, effective October 5, 2016.

Reverend Thomas J. Griffin Smolenski, S.J.: reappointed to Parochial Vicar of St. Rita Parish, Hamden, effective October 5, 2016.

Reverend John S. Golas: to Administrator of St. Bernard Parish, Enfield, effective October 24, 2016.

Reverend Grzegorz Jaworowski: to Administrator of St. Anthony Parish, Prospect, effective October 24, 2016.

Reverend Joseph Karrikunnel, C.S.T.: to Parochial Vicar of St. Mary, the Immaculate Conception and St. Jude parishes, Derby, effective October 24, 2016.

Reverend Mark S. Suslenko: to Administrator of St. Paul Parish, Glastonbury, and St. Augustine Parish, South Glastonbury, effective October 24, 2016.

Reverend Christopher M. Tiano: to Administrator of St. Jude Parish, Derby, in addition to Pastor of St. Mary, the Immaculate Conception Parish, Derby, effective October 24, 2016.

Reverend George S. Mukuka, Chancellor
October 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.

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.