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HARTFORD – The Clare Gallery will present “Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero,” an exhibit by Franciscan Brother Octavio Duran, a photojournalist, from March 4 to May 10.

The exhibit tells the story of a modern prophet and martyr. Thirty years since his assassination in 1980, Archbishop Romero continues to serve as one of the great Christian witnesses of our time.
The photographs show him embracing the Church’s “option for the poor” as he became a courageous voice for the voiceless, entering a path he knew would lead to his death. The exhibit reveals his humanity as well as his faith and courage.

The gallery also will screen the movie “Romero” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 4. Additionally, a Twilight Retreat will be held from 5-9 p.m. March 18 with Brother Octavio, who witnessed the Archbishop’s ministry in El Salvador.

Brother Octavio’s newly published book containing photographs of Archbishop Romero will be sold.

The gallery is located at the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry, part of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish, at 285 Church St. Its hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Admission is free.

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.