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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 17, 1891 when Bishop Lawrence S. McMahon dedicated St. Bernard Church, Enfield.
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mercy jubilee12The West Hartford community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Region, recently celebrated sisters who are marking their 75th, 50th and 25th years of religious life.

In photo on left, Sisters Madeline Follachio, seated, and Elizabeth Travers were honored for 75 years at a Mass celebrated in the Archbishop Whealon Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy at St. Mary Home.

They were joined by members marking 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th year anniversaries of religious life.

In photo at right, the sisters celebrated Sisters Mary Etta Higgins, right, and Carol Duffy, left, for their 50 years of religious life, and Sister Patricia Moriarty for her 25th anniversary, at a Mass on Sept. 22 at St. Mark Parish in West Hartford. Passionist Father David Cinquegrani was the celebrant.

A meal and reception for families of the jubilarians, Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates and Companions followed.

Sept. 22 also was celebrated as Mercy Day, the date on which the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, opened the House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin to house poor working women and to educate the children of Dublin, in the year 1827. (Photos submitted)

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.