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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 22, 1960 when ground was broken for St. Philip Church, East Windsor.
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ordinands combined webFrom left, Rev. Mr. Ricardo Borja, Rev. Mr. Mauricio Galvis and Rev. Mr. Ramon Garcia (Photos by Aaron Joseph)

HARTFORD – Three men will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Hartford at the Cathedral of St. Joseph May 16.

Rev. Mr. Ricardo Borja, of Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia; Rev. Mr. Mauricio Galvis, of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; and Rev. Mr. Ramon Garcia, of Bristol are each finishing their fourth year of theology and will present themselves before Archbishop Leonard P. Blair for the sacrament of Holy Orders.

Mr. Borja was born in Colombia in 1981 to the late Juan Bautista Borja and Maria Ovelia Alcaraz Bran. He received a Bachelor of Academics from the Institucion Educativa Arturo Velasquez Ortiz in Antioquia, Colombia, and attended major seminary at Santo Tomas de Aquino, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia. He studied English at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., before finishing his theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

In the Archdiocese of Hartford, he has ministered at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford, the Catholic Communities of East Hartford North and St. Christopher Parish in East Hartford.

Mr. Galvis was born in 1983 in Medellin, capital city of Antioquia, Colombia, the son of Ruben Dario Galvis and Rubielo Amparo Hurtado. He attended Missionaries of the Divine Redemption in Medellin; Holy Apostles Seminary; St. Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla.; and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.

Mr. Galvis has ministered at St. Francis Parish in New Haven; the linked St. Peter and St. Joseph parishes in New Britain; St. Augustine Parish in North Branford; Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury; Holy Angels Parish in Meriden; the linked prishes of Immaculate Conception in Norfolk and St. Joseph in Canaan; St. Dominic Parish in Southington; and St. Rose of Lima, St. Mary and St. Isaac Jogues parishes in East Hartford.

Mr. Garcia was born in 1975 in West Lafayette, Ind., a son of Guillermo and Gladys Garcia. He received his early sacraments in Nicaragua and then attended Bristol Eastern High School in Bristol. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical statistics and a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He has a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts degree pending from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton.

He earned his doctorate in biostatistics at the University of North Carolina. He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton.

In the Archdiocese of Hartford, Mr. Garcia has ministered at St. Thomas Beckett in Cheshire, St. Matthew in Forestville, St. Joseph Cathedral, St. Dominic in Southington and Holy Angels in Meriden.

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.