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WATERBURY – St. Mary’s Hospital celebrated its becoming part of Trinity Health and Trinity Health - New England by holding a Unity Celebration on Sept. 8.

The event at St. Mary’s Hospital featured readings and prayers that reflected multiple faith traditions and cultures symbolizing the rich history and diverse cultures represented in the Brass City, where Msgr. William J. Slocum chose to build the hospital more than 100 years ago.

“This is truly a monumental day in the history of St. Mary's,” said Chad W. Wable, president of St. Mary’s. “This celebration is about hope and resiliency, it’s about community, and it’s about people. It is our people, the St. Mary's Hospital family and now our broader Trinity Health family, that make this place and the work we do so special.”

Attendees included Dr. Richard J. Gilfillan, president and chief executive officer of Trinity Health; Waterbury Mayor Neil M. O’Leary; Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford; Archbishop Emeritus Henry J.. Mansell of Hartford; members of the board of directors; and physicians, nurses and staff.

St. Mary’s signed a definitive agreement to partner with Trinity Health – New England a year ago. On July 27, 2016, the state Department of Public Health's Office of Health Care Access approved the transaction. The transference of ownership to Trinity Health – New England also has received approval from the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Vatican.

“I am very pleased that this partnership with Trinity Health will not only ensure a bright future for St. Mary’s, which is such an integral part of the life and history of Waterbury and the surrounding community; it also preserves the hospital’s Catholic identity, so that in its service to people of all faiths and no faith, St. Mary’s will continue to respect the life and dignity of every person from conception until natural death in keeping with our cherished moral teachings, as so beautifully exemplified by Mother Teresa of Kolkata, now numbered among the saints,” said Archbishop Blair.

St. Mary’s is the fifth hospital to join Trinity Health - New England, a regional health ministry that includes St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs and Sisters of Providence Health System/Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and their subsidiaries.

“It is our mission at Trinity Health – New England to partner with high quality providers like St. Mary’s Hospital to provide everyone in the communities we serve with world-class care,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, Trinity Health – New England president and chief executive officer. “St. Mary’s complements our resources with a remarkable array of inpatient, outpatient and continuing care services, adding momentum to Trinity Health’s efforts to achieve the triple-aim objectives of improving population health, enhancing the patient-care experience and controlling costs –measures critical to the future care of the communities we serve.”

Trinity Health - New England was established in October 2015 and employs more than 10,000 colleagues, physicians and nurses in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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.