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 NAPLES, Fla. – David J. Coleman, Ph.D., 69, of Naples and Waterbury, died suddenly on April 8, 2011, in Florida. He was the husband of Barbara (Lange) Coleman.

Dr. Coleman was born on Dec. 10, 1941, in Waterbury, a son of the late James C. and Rita (Dougherty) Coleman, who were educators. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from St. Francis College in Biddeford, Maine. By 1962, he had earned his master’s degree in education, his sixth-year certificate and his administration certificate from the University of Bridgeport. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Hull in England in 1992.

Dr. Coleman started his teaching career in Shelton. He returned to Waterbury to teach economics when John F. Kennedy High School opened. He taught economics and social studies. He also was vice principal at both John F. Kennedy and Wilby High Schools.

Dr. Coleman leaves his wife; two sons, David J. Coleman of Ocean City, Md., and Patrick C. Coleman of Waterbury; a brother, Msgr. James G. Coleman, Pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury; and a grandchild, Jacob James Coleman, of Ocean City.

Msgr. Coleman celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on April 15 at SS. Peter & Paul Church. Burial followed in New St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. Finbarr Church, 13520 Tamiani Trail East, Naples, FL 34114.


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.