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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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Seven of this year's graduates from the Archdiocese of Hartford's Catholic Biblical School gather in front of St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where the 17th graduation exercises took place in the chapel on June 14.

From left are Loretta Whiting, Maria Klimczak, Kathleen Congero, Barbara Kaminsky, Leslie Marconi; Rosalie Puskar and Janice Belfiore.

Other graduates included Bob Cyr; Kathleen Bellemare, Ivy Chan, Patti Cacciabaudo; Michelle McNulty, Janice Colandrea, Susan Coon Howard, Rosemary Salerno, Dan Chouinard; Georgieanna Roy, Bob Howard; Stephen Ward and Linda Ward.

Father Christopher Tiano, director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education and Evangelization, is dean of the Catholic Biblical School and a member of its faculty. Barbara Jean Daly Horell is the school's coordinator and faculty chair.

The Catholic Biblical School is a four-year training/formation program for Catholic adults interested in learning more about the Bible. Every book of the Bible is studied. Training is also provided for graduates so that they are able to offer parish-based Bible study programs.

It is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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.