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blair-kofc 7124Archbishop Blair and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pause during a tour of the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven on Monday. (Knights of Columbus photo/Tom Serafin)

NEW HAVEN – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pause in prayer in the reliquary room of the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven on Monday during the archbishop’s first visit to the museum and Supreme Council Headquarters since becoming archbishop of Hartford in December.

The reliquary room displays the burial vestments of Father Michael J. McGivney, the parish priest at St. Mary's Church in New Haven who founded the Catholic fraternal organization in 1882.

Archbishop Blair, a member of the Knights of Columbus, also visited the nearby St. Mary's Church to pray at the tomb of Father McGivney.

The Archdiocese of Hartford opened an investigation into Father McGivney's life, with a view toward formal recognition by the Church of his sainthood, in 1997.

Mr. Anderson escorted the archbishop through the museum and to several floors of the headquarters. Archbishop Blair also celebrated a Mass for the feast of Saint Katharine Drexel in Holy Family Chapel at the headquarters building. About 200 employees crowded into the chapel.

The visited ended after lunch with the supreme officers and senior Supreme Council staff.


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.