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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 23, 1976 when Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien passed away.
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sts reunion 5290 webEd Conran, a member of the class of 1953 at St. Thomas Seminary’s high school, signs in as one of about 100 alumni of the Bloomfield institution gathered May 15.

Mr. Conran, a parishioner at Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish in Hartford, said at this second annual reunion that his time at the seminary “was one of the most pleasant and most developmental in my life.”

Father Gary F. Simeone, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bristol, graduated from St. Thomas in 1969 and went on to Our Lady of Angels Seminary in Albany, N.Y., and St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., and was ordained in 1975. He said he attended “to reconnect and to reestablish friendships that we had when we were students.”

David Frigo, owner of Stefano Food Products in Torrington, is a 1948 graduate of the high school. He said, “I spent three of my best years here in my youth, and it carried me through life. The place looks good.” (Photo by Jack Sheedy)

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.