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GRANBY – Deacon Robert D. Navickas, 79, of Granby, Deacon Emeritus of St. Therese Parish there and beloved husband for 43 years of Joan (Chester) Navickas, passed away peacefully on Nov. 7, 2010, at Hartford Hospital.

Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late Walter and Olga (Nowegrockas) Navickas, and was a Granby resident for more than 40 years. He attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain before serving with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed in data processing by Savin Brothers and later retired from the Joseph H. Bertram and Co.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1978 by Archbishop John F. Whealon. After four years of service with St. Therese Parish, he went to St. Joseph Parish in Poquonock, where he served for almost 15 years before returning to St. Therese to assist Rev. Ronald Yelle in 1997.

Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Edward R. Navickas of Glastonbury; daughters Jean-Marie Brietzke of North Potomac, Md.; and Nancy Ann M. Girardin of Harwichport, Mass.; and 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and by a brother, Edward W. Navickas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 12 at St. Therese Church, followed by burial with military honors in St. Joseph Cemetery in Poquonock.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Gerard’s Center for Life, 22 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114; or to Catholic Charities, 839-841 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.

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.