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fr mclaughlin 900Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell has announced the appointment of Father Anthony McLaughlin, a priest of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, as the new vice rector of the seminary.

Father McLaughlin holds a doctorate in canon law from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Tyler in 1997. He recently served as vicar general of the diocese and president of Bishop Gorman Catholic School. He previously had been rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, judicial vicar of the diocese, judge of the diocesan tribunal and defender of the bond.

Father McLaughlin has also served as pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Malakoff, Texas, and St. Joseph Parish in Marshall, Texas. He was a parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in Texarkana, Texas, St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Atlanta, Texas, and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Jacksonville, Texas.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Father McLaughlin returned to The Catholic University of America as assistant professor of canon law and director of the Institute on Matrimonial Tribunal Practice.

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.