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Joe-Levesque-SMALLBRISTOL – Deacon Joseph Jean-Eudes Levesque, a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Harford, died on July 16, 2010.

He was the son of the late Thomas Meddly Levesque and Ernestine Goudreault Levesque of Bristol. An early member of St. Ann Parish, he attended the parish elementary school. He graduated from Bristol High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving honorably in the occupation of Japan. After returning from his service, he attended Cheshire Academy and graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. Deacon Levesque and his colleague, Henry LeBlanc, founded and operated the L & L Pharmacy in Forestville. Deacon Levesque later owned and operated the Liggett Rexall Pharmacy in the Bristol Plaza and then was a pharmacist for CVS.

He married the late Ardath Milburn in 1955.

Deacon Levesque was ordained to the diaconate in 1981 and served at St. Ann for 29 years. He also taught religious education for the parish for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his sons Mark, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; Alan, of Simsbury; Michael, of Madison; Richard, of Southington; and Thomas, of Bristol; and foster son, Father Attillio Zarrella of Maryland; and daughters Lynne, of Howard, Colo.; and Nicole, of Windsor Locks; brothers Paul, of Gilmanton, N.H.; and Pierre, of Unionville; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by a grandson, Thomas Levesque Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 22 at St. Ann Church. Entombment followed in the Holy Family Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol.

Donations in Deacon Levesque’s memory may be made to St. Ann Church, 180 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010.



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.