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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 21, 1934 when Father James J. Kane offered Madison's first Mass in Madison's Memorial Town Hall.
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FACS_5903Robert “Bob” Hurley Sr., the first high school basketball coach to win 1,000 games, speaks at the Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast March 17 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Mr. Hurley, a legendary coach from St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., last year was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He told the gathering of 875 guests, “In my school, we do not have a library and we do not have a gymnasium, and we’ve been three times national champs. … It’s not the bricks or the mortar; it’s the people that work with those young people.” The annual breakfast was hosted by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, and sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) to raise money for scholarships and special projects at parish schools and archdiocesan high schools. Guests were entertained with Irish jokes by Archbishop Mansell and lively step-dancing by students from East Catholic High School in Manchester. The event raised about $115,000. Story to come. (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.