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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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MYSTIC – The St. Edmund’s Retreat will present the St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor to six men and women on Oct. 5 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton.

The honorees are Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of the Archdiocese of Mobile, Ala.; Michael Samara, former vice president of student affairs and dean of students at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, now retired; Dominican Sisters Maurice Doody and Sister Rose Patricia Reilly of the Office of New Directions in the Bronx, N.Y.; and Darren Stewart, Stonington police chief, and Beth-Ann Stewart, director of Human Services for Stonington.

The St. Edmund Honor Scholarship will be awarded to Kevin Peters, St. Bernard School class of 2013.

The dinner and celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Prior to the event, a 5 p.m. votive Mass will be celebrated in honor of the recipients at Our Lady of the Assumption Chapel on Enders Island. Bishop Michael R. Cote of Norwich will be the principal celebrant.

The St. Edmund’s Medal of Honor was established by St. Edmund’s Retreat in 2003 as a way to recognize those individuals who exhibit the values and spirit of St. Edmund, archbishop of Canterbury and patron saint of St. Edmund’s Retreat. These members of our local, regional and national community are seen as examples and modern-day role models, embracing the values of service, dedication and making a difference as St. Edmund did in his day.  

Tickets are available, as well as table sponsorships and booklet greetings. For more information and reservations, please contact Diane Kinney, director of development, at (860) 536-0565, ext. 142;; or visit

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.