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Macaluso portrait 900x600HARTFORD – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop  Christie A. Macaluso from the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The announcement was publiciized in Washington on Dec. 15 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

In a statement announcing the pope's acceptance, the Archdiocese of Hartford extended its best wishes, prayers and deep gratitude to Bishop Macaluso as he makes the transition to auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The bishop continues to reside at the archdiocesan pastoral center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. He will remain active in episcopal ministry to the extent that his health and circumstances permit.

Bishop Macaluso was born in Hartford on June 12, 1945. He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in sacred theology from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore.

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford on May 22, 1971, Bishop Macaluso has served the archdiocese in both parochial and administrative settings.

In 1995, he was named a prelate of honor, with the title of monsignor, by Pope John Paul II and was also named episcopal vicar for Hartford.

Following his ordination as a bishop on June 10, 1997, Bishop Macaluso most notably has held the posts of vicar general, financial officer, moderator of the curia and president/rector of St. Thomas Seminary  Bishop Macaluso has shared his wisdom as both chair and member of several committees and boards through the years. He has presided at numerous celebrations across the archdiocese, including the sacrament of confirmation and ordinations to the diaconate.

With the announcement of Bishop Macaluso’s resignation, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair issued the following statement: “From my first days as archbishop of Hartford, Bishop Macaluso has been of invaluable assistance thanks to his knowledge and experience of this local Church over many years. In the name of all the clergy, religious and laity of the archdiocese, I wish him all the best and God’s blessing in days to come.”

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.