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HARTFORD – Father Normand F. Mailloux, 80, of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, died on Nov. 14, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

He was born on May 29, 1930, in Danielson, a son of the late Arthur T. and Marie Rose (Breault) Mailloux. He attended school in Danielson before entering high school at La Salette Seminary in Hartford. He entered the La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield in July of 1947 and made his first profession of vows the following year, on July 2, 1948. He continued his studies for the priesthood at La Salette seminaries in Milford, Iowa; and Ipswich, Mass., and was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1955.

Father Mailloux served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Fitchburg, Mass., until 1959, when he was appointed assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Holyoke, Mass. He then became the treasurer at the former La Salette Shrine in Ipswich in 1961.

In July of 1966, Father Mailloux set out for Morondava, Madagascar, where he served as regional superior. During his years in Madagascar, he ministered in various capacities. Upon his return to the States in 1980, he was assigned to St. Theresa’s Parish in Sulphur, La.

In 1985, he became superior of the provincial house in St. Louis, Mo, where he served until his appointment in 1988 as assistant pastor of St. James Church in Danielson. In 1991, he was appointed pastor of St. Adalbert Parish in Bondsville, Mass., where he ministered for 13 years. He resided for a brief time at Our Lady of La Salette Parish in Brooklyn, Conn., until failing health necessitated a move to Hartford House and then to St. Mary Home in West Hartford.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Mailloux is survived by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 15 brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 17 at the Hartford House Chapel, 85 New Park Ave. Burial wias at Holy Cross Cemetery in Danielson. Contributions in memory of Father Mailloux may be made to the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.

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.