A team of volunteers representing St. George Parish in Guilford paints and refurbishes a home in Guilford on May 11 as part of the annual HomeFront Program effort. Twenty-two parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford helped make up some of the 4,000 volunteers who revitalized 68 homes and eight community centers this year on May 4 and 11, according to Sean O’Brien, executive director of HomeFront Inc. The program aims to deliver hands-on help and hope to low-income elderly and handicapped homeowners through a one-day home repair blitz. The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Social Justice ministry has partnered with HomeFront for many years. "It’s a great parish social ministry activity that builds community," said Lynn Campbell, the ministry’s executive director. (Photo submitted)
At 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.
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.”
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.”