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LavorgnaBoguslawskiFather John L. Lavorgna, left, and Dominican Father Steven C. Boguslawski

HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has appointed Dominican Father Steven Chrysostom Boguslawski as the new moderator of the curia of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective May 1; and Father John L. Lavorgna as secretary to the archbishop and assistant chancellor, effective May 19.

Father Boguslawski succeeds Bishop Christie A. Macaluso, who will become rector and president of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in addition to his other duties as auxiliary bishop.

Father Boguslawski was born in Waterbury and grew up attending St. Thomas Church in Thomaston. He brings 26 years of priestly service and experience to the position of the moderator of the curia. In his new role, he will oversee the archdiocesan offices as well as the pastoral programs offered by the archdiocese, and assist Archbishop Blair in coordinating the activity of the members of the curia.

Father Boguslawski attended Yale Divinity School in New Haven and received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University in New Haven, where he has been a Visiting Fellow for the past year. Ordained a priest of the Dominican Order in 1987, Father Boguslawski was assigned to St. Mary Parish in New Haven and assisted at St. Mary Parish in Branford. Afterward, he served at St. Vincent de Paul in East Haven.

From 2001-03, he was dean of studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. In 2003, he became the rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Three years later in 2006, he became the executive director of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he also became the president of The Pontifical Faculty of Theology of the Immaculate Conception, as the Dominican House of Studies is known, where he was also a full professor of sacred Scripture. There, he established several academic programs, while also supervising the design and construction of a $16-million academic center and library.

Father Lavorgna succeeds Father Jeffrey V. Romans, who will become pastor of St. Bridget Parish in Cheshire.

Father Lavorgna has served as administrator and then pastor of Our Lady of Pompeii Parish in East Haven since 2010. Prior to that, he had been the parochial vicar for the Torrington Roman Catholic Cluster of Parishes, which includes St. Francis of Assisi, St. Peter, Sacred Heart and St. Mary. He began his ministry as a priest at St. John the Evangelist in Watertown after his ordination in 2006.

Father Lavorgna is an alumnus of Notre Dame High School in West Haven. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Yale University in 1996. He completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

“I welcome Father Boguslawski and Father Lavorgna to their new roles in the Archdiocese of Hartford. They are both very well prepared for their respective responsibilities, and have demonstrated their skills both pastorally and administratively over the years,” said Archbishop Blair.

“At the same time, I want to express my deep gratitude to Bishop Macaluso, who has served as moderator of the curia for the past 17 years and who will continue to be of great assistance in the fulfillment of our work as bishops. I am also deeply grateful to Father Jeffrey Romans for having faithfully served as secretary to the archbishop and assistant chancellor for six years and who is eager to return to parish ministry. He has been a tremendous help to me since my installation,” Archbishop Blair said.

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.