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MAYNALEOEAST HARTFORD – Father Leo Edward Maynard of East Hartford, Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in East Hartford for 22 years, died on July 31, 2010.

He was born on March 26, 1922, in Wauregan, a son of the late Romeo and Merance (Plantier) Maynard. He attended Sacred Heart School in Wauregan, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 15, 1947, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Bishop Henry J. O'Brien.

Father Maynard's service as a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford spanned nearly 46 years. He was an assistant pastor at St. John Parish in Plainfield, St. Gertrude in Windsor, St. Ann in the Devon section of Milford, St. Margaret in Waterbury and St. Rose in East Hartford.

In 1971, he established and was named Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish in East Hartford, from which he retired in 1993. He spent the last years of his retirement assisting at Holy Family Parish in Enfield.

Father Maynard is survived by his two sisters, Antoinette Pardi of East Hartford and Cecile Maynard of Enfield; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews. Besides both his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Laurent and Ernest, and a sister, Sister Helene Maynard of the Daughters of Holy Spirit. 

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 5 at Our Lady of Peace Church. Father Francis T. Kerwan, Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Enfield, preached the homily.

Burial followed in Mount St. 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.