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CROMWELL – The John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary has announced that its featured speaker for the spring 2011 Pope John Paul II Bioethics Lecture Series will be John M. Haas, Ph.D.

Dr. Haas will deliver his lecture, titled "Determining Death: Catholic Teaching on the Use of Neurological Criteria," at 6 p.m. April 3 in the Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles Chapel on the campus.

The lecture will be preceded at 4:30 by a performance of the "Spring" concerto from Vivaldi’s "The Four Seasons" and Beethoven’s "Sonata No. 7 in C minor for Violin and Piano," performed by celebrated violinist Charles Rex, accompanied by pianist Eunice Kim.

Dr. Haas is president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, a member of the governing council of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers. He is a regular contributor to the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor and Legatus magazine. He holds a licentiate and doctorate in moral theology as well as a Master of Divinity degree.

Mr. Rex has served eight years with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and as associate concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. He has also been guest choirmaster of the London Symphony and choirmaster of the Dallas, Reading (Pa.) and Delaware Symphony Orchestras.

Miss Kim, soloist and collaborative artist, has performed with such renowned masters as Robert McDuffie and New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. She is a staff accompanist at The Juilliard School and a collaborative pianist at Mannes College The New School for Music in New York.

Information is available from Heather Voccola, director of communications, at (860) 632-3070 or

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.