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WEST HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair has presented Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford with a check for $1,150, funded in part by the Archdiocese of Hartford through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Vicariate Outreach Program.

The funding will help Holy Family continue its mission of helping men and women deal with the challenges of addiction through its Matt Talbot recovery retreats. The retreats provide attendees with an opportunity to rest, renew their spiritual life, and deepen their sobriety in a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere.

“Our Matt Talbot recovery retreats are nothing short of life changing for the courageous men and women who attend,” said Fr. David Cinquegrani, director of Holy Family Retreat Center, “and we are extremely honored and grateful to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal for this wonderful gift in support of those retreats.”

Since 1981, the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal has been able to assist tens of thousands of people – regardless of race, religion or color – across the Archdiocese of Hartford with health care, education, housing, emergency expenses, and in numerous other areas. It is through the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Vicariate Outreach Program and the generosity of its donors that the Appeal is able to assist a wide array of community-based charities throughout Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield counties.

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is the largest Passionist ministry in the world and the largest Catholic retreat center in the United States. Founded in 1951, Holy Family ministers to some 19,000 men, women and youth each year with a message of hope, spiritual growh, and transformation. For more information about Holy Family Retreat Center and its efforts, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org

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.