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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 18, 2010 when a Centennial Mass was celebrated in honor of St. Margaret of Scotland (Waterbury) Church.
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BLOOMFIELD – The theme of the seventh annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, to be held Oct. 25 at Goodwin College, East Hartford, is “I Thirst!” according to Ken Santopietro, who is returning as organizer of the popular event.

The keynote speaker will be Jon Leonetti, an internationally known Catholic speaker, author and radio host. Mr. Leonetti travels full time engaging thousands of Catholics to fall in love and stay in love with the living God.

His book, Mission of the Family, has been endorsed by many Catholic leaders.

Other speakers will include: Bryan Mercier, a Catholic speaker and retreat leader who runs a ministry team called The R.O.C.K. Group (Revival of Catholic Kids); Peter Freissle, a business owner who came to understand who his  “neighbor” truly is, a realization that helped transform his business; Marianist Brother Bob Moriarty, director of Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Hartford; and Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, who will lead a question-and-answer session and celebrate the closing Mass.

Mr. Santopietro said in an email to the Transcript, “For 2014, we are blessed to have the new archbishop here. He wants to meet the men of his flock.  His 60-minute, live question-and-answer session will draw men closer to our leader of the Catholic faith in Connecticut. We will collect questions all morning and as many as possible will be answered during the session.”

Over the years, many men have commented positively about the conferences:

2008: “This has transformed my life.” – Jim Milinovich, Meriden.

2009: “Getting this message to men is something that’s very much needed.” – Tom Hickey, seminarian.

2010: “It gives you a shot in the arm.” – Tony Conte, St. Raphael, Bridgeport.

2011: “It’s nice to get a booster shot of spirituality and faith.” – Charlie Nostrand, St. Rose of Lima,   Newtown.

2012: “It gives me a chance to be grounded and get out of the normal, societal pressures.” – Russell O’Connor, Immaculate Conception, Norfolk.

2013: “A real ‘Aha!’ moment for me...” – Michael Klinger, Corpus Christi, Wethersfield.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. at Goodwin College, One Riverside Dr., East Hartford, and ends after the 5 p.m. vigil Mass. To register, go to or call 860-484-7950.

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.