HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair shakes hands with inmates of the Cheshire Correctional Institution, where he celebrated two Masses for 113 men on Tuesday as a continuation of his pastoral visits during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The year, declared by Pope Francis seven months ago, emphasizes the importance of fulfilling the corporal works of mercy, which include visiting the imprisoned.
In his homily, Archbishop Blair said, "We are all sinners. If we are not sinners, God can do nothing for us." We must "realize that it is love that truly rules the world."
The archbishop used a relic of Saint Maria Goretti, the patroness of youth, victims of rape, young women, purity and forgiveness, in his final blessing.
He asked the men to pray for him and promised that he would continue to pray for them.
The occasion marked the first time that Archbishop Blair visited the Cheshire Correctional Institution.
Father Anthony Bruno, director of religious services for the Connecticut Department of Correction, and Father Robert Villa concelebrated the Mass. Deacon José Robles assisted at the Mass. (Photo courtesy of Department of Correction)