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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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kofc convention 0368 900x600 aArchbishop Leonard P. Blair blesses a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was presented to Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, standing at left with his wife Dorian, during the 125th state convention of the Connecticut State Council of Knights of Columbus May 4-6 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel.

Anderson was the convention's honoree and banquet speaker.

The icon was presented by State Deputy Steve Bacon.

Because Anderson is the 13th Supreme Knight of the fraternal organization during its 125th anniversary year, Bacon also presented Anderson with a check for $26,000 to pay for the building of 13 homes for those suffering persecution in Iraq and Syria.

The Knights of Columbus launched a Christian Refugee Relief Fund in August 2014 to support those suffering anti-Christian violence in the Middle East.

In addition to Archbishop Blair, Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin and Bishop Emeritus Basil Losten of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford attended the convention banquet on May 5. A video greeting from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was screened, and congratulatory letters were read from Bishop Michael R. Cote of Norwich and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, supreme chaplain for the Knights of Columbus.

(Photo by Stephen P. Mieczkowski, Knights of Columbus)

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.