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Stack_JohnJWEST HARTFORD – Father John J. Stack, age 82, died on Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on March 6, 1928, in Waterbury, a son of the late Nicholas and Margaret (McMahon) Stack. He was a graduate of Crosby High School in Waterbury and studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield before completing his seminary studies at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

Father Stack was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1953, by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien. He was assigned to St. Mary Parish in Newington, where he served as assistant pastor for two years.

In 1955, Father Stack was assigned to graduate studies in theology at St. Thomas University (Angelicum) in Rome, and received a doctorate in sacred theology in June 1957.

Upon his return, Father Stack was appointed as chaplain and instructor in religious studies at St. Joseph College in West Hartford. He remained on that faculty until his retirement in 2002, when he received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the college.

He was named as a pro-synodal judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal in 1969.

Father Stack resided at Christ the King Parish in Bloomfield from 1991-95, when he moved to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hartford. He moved to St. Mary Home in 2009.

Father Stack is survived by a brother, T. Francis Stack of Suffield; a sister, Helen M. Donahue of Southington; 17 nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his brother Nicholas S. Stack; his sister Marguerite M. Mastropietro; and nephew Gregory M. Stack.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 7 at St. Timothy Church in West Hartford. Father Henry P. Cody of St. Timothy Parish delivered the homily.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph College, 1678 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.

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.