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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 21, 1934 when Father James J. Kane offered Madison's first Mass in Madison's Memorial Town Hall.
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daughters of mary jubilee 900x600Msgr. Daniel Plocharczyk, principle celebrant of a Mass of Thanksgiving for three jubilarian Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, stands with, from left, jubilarian Sister Mary Janice; jubilarian Sister Mary Terence, Mother Mary Jennifer, superior general of the congregation; and jubilarian Sister Mary Lisette on April 14 at the motherhouse in New Britain.NEW BRITAIN –The Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, priests and the sisters’ families and friends have celebrated three sisters who represent 150 years of dedicated service to the people of God and the Church.

Observing their golden jubilee of consecrated life this year, Sister Mary Janice Zdunczyk, Sister Mary Lisette Slisz and Sister Mary Terence Kiernan renewed their vows during a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 14 at their motherhouse in New Britain.

A native of New Britain, Sister Janice is the daughter of the late Helen and Chester Zdunczyk. She has served in the ministries of education and formation.

Sister Lisette, who has served in food service and health care, is the daughter of the late Rose and Edward Slisz. She is a native of Meriden. 

Sister Terence, also a native of Meriden, is the daughter of the late Dorothy and Terence Kiernan. She has worked in the field of education.

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.