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CCMenConf_LogoHARTFORD – Bishops and priests from the four Catholic dioceses of Connecticut will celebrate the Mass that ends the fourth annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Dominic Parish in Southington.

The conference has drawn about 800 to 1,000 men in each of its previous years, said Joseph Premus, this year’s director.

"Know Him, Love Him, Serve Him" is this year’s theme.

This year’s speakers will be Bishop Paul Patrick Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (Diocese) of Stamford; Deacon Paul James Kulas of St. Dominic’s; Doug Barry, founder and director of the Catholic apostolate RADIX; Randy Raus, president of Life Teen and a 22-year veteran of youth ministry; and Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home Inc. and VirtueMedia Inc., educational not-for-profit apostolates dedicated to promoting Catholic evangelization and the sanctity of human life.

Priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford will encourage men to attend.

"The Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference has been a strong instrument of evangelization for the Church in Connecticut since its inception in 2008," Archbishop Henry J. Mansell wrote in a letter to priests dated Aug. 10. "The conference strengthens the hundreds of men who have come to the conference to be strong and faithful fathers, brothers and parishioners."

The event also includes the sacrament of reconciliation and an opportunity for eucharistic adoration.

Admission is free for priests, deacons, religious and seminarians; $30 for men age 20 and over; and $20 for those who are 13-19 years old.

Tickets are available online at

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.