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WEST HAVEN – Deacon John Wheeler, 79, of West Haven, died on Dec. 28, 2009. He was the son of the late Henry and Rose Welch Noel Wheeler.

He is survived by his nephew, Thomas Wheeler of Florida.

He was born on Oct. 27, 1930, and attended St. Lawrence School and West Haven High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Security Police and served as West Haven’s coordinator of elderly services and municipal agent for 17 years as well as serving on numerous city commissions.

A lifelong member of St. Lawrence Parish, he was ordained a permanent deacon in 1994 by Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin and served at St. Lawrence Parish until his retirement in 2005. He served on the parish council, was active with several parish organizations and supervised the parish’s archives.

A fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and past grand knight of the Father Curtin Council, he also was a member of the West Haven Irish American Club, West Haven Historical Society and the West Haven Lodge of Elks.

Auxiliary Bishop Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Jan. 5 at St. Lawrence Church. Burial in St. Lawrence Cemetery followed.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Lawrence Church, 207 Main St., West Haven, CT 06516.

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.