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MANCHESTER – The 12th annual Brake the Cycle of Poverty tour will kick off from St. Bridget Church at 9 a.m. June 21.

Fifteen bicyclists and team members will pedal approximately 250 miles around Connecticut over the following five days to raise awareness of poverty in Connecticut.

During the trip, the team members will talk with faith-based groups about antipoverty advocacy issues; challenge elected officials at the local, state and federal levels to work toward the elimination of the causes of poverty; listen to and learn from impoverished people in the state; and provide a voice for those who live in poverty.

Stops are planned in Litchfield, North Cornwall, West Hartford, Middletown, Hartford, Rocky Hill, Bristol and Stratford.

The local group began with a Brake the Cycle ride to Washington, D.C., in 2003, to join like-minded cyclists who rode from San Francisco under the auspices of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Now, the Connecticut group operates under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry. The group changed the focus to poverty in Connecticut in 2004 and it has remained that way since.

Information about the group is available at

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.