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sherer3WATERFORD – Father Richard B. Sherer, 84, died on Dec. 11 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.

He was born on April 22, 1925, in Indianapolis, Ind. He went to St. Joseph Cathedral School in Hartford and studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield for six years and at Maryknoll Seminary in Ossining, N.Y.

He then spent two years with the United States Army’s 45th Infantry Division in Japan and Korea.

He returned to study for six years at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 15, 1958, at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien.

Father Sherer was a temporary assistant at St. Thomas Parish in Goshen before assisting at St. Patrick’s in Farmington and then, in 1963, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hamden. He later assisted at Resurrection Parish in Wallingford (1969), St. Brigid Parish in the Elmwood section of West Hartford (1971) and at St. Augustine Parish in Hartford in 1978.

While in Hamden, he was the vocation director for the New Haven West Deanery and was a Cana Conference director and deanery director for the Marriage and Family Apostolate of the Hartford West Deanery.

Father Sherer returned to St. Brigid in 1987 as part of a team ministry. He became pastor emeritus of St. Brigid in 1994.

He retired in 1997 to Waterford.

Father Sherer was predeceased by his parents, Carl J. and Frances M. Sherer; his brothers, William J., Joseph J. and Father Carl J. Sherer; and his sister, Mary Margaret Dillon. He is survived by his brother, Thomas E. Sherer; and numerous nephews and nieces and their children.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 16 at St. Brigid Church. Msgr. Douglas P. Clancy, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Newington, preached the homily. Burial followed at Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.





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.