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SedererLloydWEST HARTFORD – New York State’s top psychiatrist will be at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center on May 5 for a discussion on how to help families struggling with a loved one’s emotional  or mental health crisis.  Dr. Lloyd Sederer, medical director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, will present a program titled "Navigating Mental Health:  A Tale of Two Families."

Dr. Sederer will discuss questions such as:

- Where do you turn when a family member exhibits signs of emotional instability?

- How can you tell that the problem is not just a passing phase?

- What are the first and best steps for you to take?

- Where can a family go to find the right care, and how can you judge if the care delivered is good?

As part of the discussion, Dr. Sederer will offer a look at two families, one that finds answers to these and other questions and one that has yet to find a way.  He will also respond to questions from attendees.

"Particularly in light of recent tragic events in the news, mental illness among young people and others is a topic that demands our attention," said Father David Cinquegrani, director of Holy Family Retreat Center. "We are delighted to be able to offer this program by one of the most respected mental health experts in the country, and we hope his talk will be of service to those seeking help for their loved ones now, or those who may need such help in the future."

As medical director of the NYS Office of Mental Health, Dr. Sederer provides medical leadership for New York’s 24 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and community mental health services throughout the state, serving 700,000 people annually.  He is an adjunct professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health and mental health editor for the Huffington Post.  He is the author of The Family Guide to Mental Health Care, with a foreword by actress Glenn Close, released by WW Norton in April 2013.  His website is


Dr. Sederer’s presentation runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford.  The offering to attend is $15.  A light dinner and refreshments will be served.  To register or for more information, visit the Holy Family website at or call 860-760-9705. 

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is the largest Passionist ministry in the world and the largest Catholic retreat center in the United States.  Founded in 1951, Holy Family ministers to some 19,000 men, women, and youth each year with a message of hope, spiritual growth and transformation.


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.