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Obit_LeClair_LawrenceSOUTH WINDSOR – Father Lawrence J. Leclair, 84, of Summer Hill Drive, passed away on Feb. 21, 2011, at his home.

Father Leclair was the son of the late Joseph A. and Alexandra (Lussier) Leclair and was born on Aug. 15, 1926, in Taftville. He attended Sacred Heart School in Taftville and Norwich Free Academy, after which he studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 14, 1953, by Bishop Henry J. O’Brien in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

Among Father Leclair’s assignments were St. Bernard Parish in Sharon, St. Joseph Parish in Meriden, St. Ann Parish in Avon, St. Gabriel Parish in Milford, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Waterbury, St. Mary Parish in Milford, Holy Family Parish in Enfield and St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Hartford.

Father Leclair was Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Windsor Locks from 1980-87, and then was a priest in residence at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Washington Depot. He later served as a priest-chaplain at Waterbury Hospital from 1989 until his retirement in September of 1996. Most recently, Father Leclair assisted at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in South Windsor.

Father Leclair is survived by two brothers, Normand P. Leclair of Roseville, Calif., and Gerard A. Leclair of Thomaston; 17 nieces and nephews; and grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, David and Arthur; and a sister, Laurette Duff.

A parish Mass was celebrated on Feb. 24 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in South Windsor, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Father Jeremiah N. Murasso, pastor, delivered the homily. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Taftville.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 673 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.



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.