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WEST HARTFORD – Father Herbert James Clarkin, 79, passed away on Dec. 29, 2010, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1931, in Waterbury, the son of the late Francis and Helen (Mays) Clarkin. He was raised in Waterbury and studied at Crosby High School in Waterbury, Fairfield University, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1959, by Bishop John F. Hackett at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford. Father Clarkin served the Archdiocese of Hartford for 50 years, including at St. Michael Parish in Beacon Falls, St. Paul Parish in Glastonbury, East Catholic High School in Manchester, Mount St. Joseph Academy in West Hartford, Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury, St. Bernard Church in Tariffville and St. Mary Home.

Father Clarkin is survived by two nephews, two nieces, a cousin and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral service was held on Dec. 31. Burial was at the Old St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury. Memorial donations may be made in Father Clarkin’s name to St. Bernard Parish, 7 Maple St., P.O. Box 85, Tariffville, CT 06081.

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.