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The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity hosted the sixth annual Curtis D. Robinson Celebrity Golf Classic at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington on Aug. 6.

From left, Stan Simpson, commentator and columnist; Curtis D. Robinson, founder of the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity (CDRCHE); Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO of St. Francis Care; and Alan Lazowski, golf chair and president of LAZ Parking, share a laugh before teeing off.

Retired neurosurgeon and now Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was the honorary chair.

The CDRCHE is a partnership between St. Francis Care and Hartford-area religious and community organizations that is aimed at improving the health of the community. The CDRCHE addresses the racial disparities in health care delivery, particularly in the areas of patient education, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of African-American men at risk for prostate cancer.

Since its inception, the event has netted nearly $500,000 to increase awareness and pay costs of treatment of prostate cancer for anyone without health insurance. (Photo 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.