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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 19, 1915 when ground was broken for St. Stephen Church, Hamden.
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aaa_4081-for-cutlineWalking from table to table, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell individually thanked some 1,200 donors to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal at a donor reception Oct. 5 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. In this photo, he greets Roberta Wilson of Farmington and Hazel Vail of West Hartford, parishioners at Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford. In his prepared remarks, the Archbishop spoke at length about how the appeal helps individuals, including those served through the Emergency Assistance Fund and Malta House of Care medical vans. “Those are the things you make possible,”  he said. He said the Archdiocese attracts priests from other dioceses because “we have the best diocese in the country, and that’s your work. We are not a series of unconnected churches. We are a family, a Catholic family.” The appeal, he said, helps people of all faiths or no faith at all. “That’s what we are called to do,” he said. See additional photos in the photo gallery. (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.