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EAST HARTFORD – It’s that time of year again. The annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Goodwin College. As in past years, the conference will offer Catholic men the opportunity to spend a day away from the rat race of our modern world.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Marcellino D’Ambrosio, a well-known author and storyteller, and the director of Crossroads Initiative. Dr. D’Ambrosio’s presentation has the title “Men and Mercy,” a perfect theme for the current Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The master of ceremonies will be Catholic recording artist Marty Rotella.

Also appearing will be the entertaining and thought-provoking Deacon Art Miller, who serves at St. Mary Parish in Simsbury, and gifted retreat master Father Anthony Ciorra, assistant vice president for mission and Catholic identity at Sacred Heart University.

The day-long conference will offer music, religious vendors, eucharistic adoration and confession.

In the afternoon, there will be a Q & A session, featuring Archbishop Leonard Blair; Father John Gatzak, executive director of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Radio and Television; and Dr. D’Ambrosio.

Lunch is included in the $40 ticket price.

Archbishop Blair will be the principal celebrant of a vigil Mass to conclude the conference. Numerous bishops and priests will concelebrate.

“In our increasingly secular culture, it’s refreshing to spend the day with a group of men who are not ashamed to say they love the Lord and the church he founded. The men’s conference is spiritually and emotionally invigorating,” said Steve Haynes, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Harwinton.

Register at www.ctcatholicmen.org. Conference organizer Ken Santopietro may be reached at  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.