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SHELRICHBLOOMFIELD – Father Richard L. Shellman, 78, of the Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin Residence in Bloomfield, died on Aug. 28, 2010, at the McLean Home and Hospice in Simsbury.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1931, in New London, a son of the late Curtiss B. and Julia (Cekala) Shellman. He grew up in New London and was a 1949 graduate of Chapman Technical High School there. He earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut, where he met and subsequently married his pharmacy classmate, Dolores Ducotey, in September of 1955. They remained married until her death in 1978 after a long illness.

He began seminary studies, and graduated from St. Mary's Seminary and the University in Baltimore with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained on Feb. 22, 1986, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

Father Shellman was the assistant pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church in South Windsor from 1986-94. He then moved to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where he was the administrator and then Pastor until his retirement on June 30, 2007.

After his retirement, Father Shellman assisted at Mass at many parishes, especially at St. Margaret Mary.

He leaves his children, Richard C. Shellman of Simsbury and Juliette M. Shellman of Kensington; and grandchildren Anna and Richie Shellman. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Curtiss Shellman Jr.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial Sept. 2 in the chapel at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Msgr. Gerard G. Schmitz preached the homily.


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.