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The Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, S.T.D., has made the following appointments:

Reverend Alphonso Fontana: to Temporary Administrator of St. Ann Parish, Bristol in addition to duties as Pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Bristol, until May 31, 2017, effective January 2, 2017.

Reverend Alvin J. LeBlanc: on sabbatical until May 31, 2017, effective January 2, 2017.

Reverend Daniel James Sullivan: to Administrator of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Hamden, in addition to Priestly Ministry, St. John of Arc Parish, Hamden, for an additional year, effective January 23, 2017.

Reverend Dominic J. Valla: to Administrator of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Oxford, for an additional year, effective January 18, 2017.

Reverend Anthony Bruno: Senior Status*, effective March 1, 2017.

Reverend William Evans Liyanarachchi: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 15, 2016.

Msgr. Steven A. Ferrari: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Tony Saab: Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Salvatore D. Altavista, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Kevin Baldwin, LC: Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Paul N. Belhumeur, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Joseph Brickner, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Jon Budke, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Victor W. Chaupetta, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend John Connor, LC: Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4,

2017.

Reverend Raymund Cosgrave, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend John Curran, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend David Daly, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Simon Devereaux, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Frederick R. Flaherty, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend. John M. Garvey, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Joseph Gillespie, LC: Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Clifford P. Hasler, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Edward Hopkins, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Andreas Kramarz, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Peter Kucer, MSA: Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Andrew LaBudde, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Maurice F. Linehan, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend John R Lyons., MSA: Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Alan B.McGuirk, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017

Reverend Edward McIlmail, LC: Priestly Faculties** until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Kevin Meehan, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend William M. Mulcair, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Christopher O’Connor, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Donal O’Keeffe, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Joseph M. O’Neil, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend John H. Panninski, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Tarsicio Samaniego, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Walter Schu, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Daniel J. Scott, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend. Thomas G. Sickler, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend John Sweeney, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Kermit Syren, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Reverend Donald K. Thomas, MS: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective January 4, 2017.

Reverend Thomas Vendetti, LC: Renewal of Priestly Faculties* until December 31, 2017, effective December 16, 2016.

Deacon Edward J. Mancini: Senior Status*, effective December 28, 2016.

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

*Clergy who are not incardinated in the Archdiocese of Hartford must request permission from the archbishop to minister here; that is, they request Faculties*.

—        Reverend Ryan M. Lerner, Chancellor

January 12, 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.