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PORT JERVIS, N.Y. – Father Anthony F. Moore, 85, a professed Franciscan friar for 64 years and a priest for 59 years, died on Nov. 23, 2010, at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis.

Father Moore served at St. Joseph Parish in Winsted from 1992-2002.

He was born on Sept. 3, 1925, in Flushing, N.Y., a son of Patrick and Blanche (Stab) Moore. He was baptized William Gerard Moore. He attended St. Michael High School in New York City. He then studied at St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., from 1941-45.

He was received into the Order of Friars Minor, in Holy Name Province, on Aug. 13, 1945, at St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, N.J.

Between 1946 and 1952, he studied at St. Stephen Friary in Croghan, N.Y.; St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J.; St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.; and Holy Name College in Washington, D.C. He professed his final vows in Washington on Sept. 17, 1949.

He was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1951, at Mount St. Sepulchre in Washington, D.C., by Bishop John McNamara, auxiliary bishop of Washington.

Father Moore was a professor of sociology at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., from 1952-53 and 1961-65. He then was a pastor of parishes in Tokyo, Japan; Croghan; Yulan, N.Y.; Pond Eddy, N.Y.; Americas, Ga.; Callicoon, N.Y; Obernburg, N.Y.; and Winsted.

He also was a chaplain at The Family School in Obernburg.

Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Nov. 30 at St. Anthony Church in Butler, N.J. Burial followed at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Butler.

Father Moore is survived by his sister, Good Shepherd Sister Mary Felicia Moore of Marlborough, Mass.; and brother, Jesuit Father Donald J. Moore of the Bronx, N.Y. He was predeceased by two brothers, Patrick W. Moore and Father Robert A. Moore; and two sisters, Dominican Sister Mary Kenneth Moore and Ursuline Sister Blanche Marie Moore.

Memorial donations may be made to The Franciscans-St. Anthony’s Guild, 4 Jersey St., East Rutherford, NJ 07073-1012.

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.