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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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HARTFORD – Reverend Ivan Dario Ramirez and Reverend Israel Rivera have been incardinated in the Archdiocese of Hartford by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

In images at left, Archbishop Blair stands with Father Rivera on the left side and with Father Ramirez on the right side.

Father Ramirez, who was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Duitama-Sogamoso, Colombia, South America in 2003, has served faithfully in the Archdiocese of Hartford for over five years. During that time, he served as parochial vicar at St. Mary, St. Rose and St. Isaac Jogues of the Catholic Communities of East Hartford North. He is the pastor of St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Hartford.

Father Rivera, also of the Diocese of Duitama-Sogamoso, was ordained in 2005. He has also served faithfully in the Archdiocese of Hartford for over five years. During that time, he served was a chaplain at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. Father Rivera was appointed administrator of St. Mary Church in New Britain in 2013, and in August of 2014, was named pastor.

Their incardination into the Archdiocese of Hartford, which took place August 24, means that they now answer to the Archbishop of Hartford and have the rights and duties of diocesan clergy in the archdiocese.

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.