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jaenicke2WEST HARTFORD – Father Alfred J. Jaenicke, a resident of St. Mary Home in West Hartford, died on Dec. 11.

He was born on July 25, 1927, in New Haven, the son of the late Alfred H. and Catherine T. (McKiernan) Jaenicke. He graduated from New Haven High School in 1944 and studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield before going on to the St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

He was ordained on May 27, 1954, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Auxiliary Bishop John F. Hackett.

Father Jaenicke assisted at Holy Angels Parish in South Meriden from 1954-61, St. Gertrude Parish in Windsor from 1961-64, SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury from 1964-67 and St. Thomas Parish in Waterbury from 1967-72. He was co-pastor of St. Thomas from 1972-1976.

Father Jaenicke was co-pastor and administrator of St. Gertrude Parish beginning in 1976 and was named pastor there in 1981. He was Pastor of St. Michael Parish in Hartford from 1987 until his retirement in 2000.

Father Jaenicke was the Scout chaplain for the Meriden council area, the Hartford Deanery vocation director in 1962, chaplain for the Catholic Interracial Council in Waterbury in 1964, and dean of the Farmington Valley Deanery in 1982.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 17 at St. Michael Church. Father Kevin J. Gray, Pastor of Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was the homilist.


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.