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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 20, 1971 when parishioners settled on a site for the new St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Oxford.
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obit--Proulx_RaymondFather Raymond G. Proulx, 77, former Pastor of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Goshen, died on May 2, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1934, in Waterbury, a son of the late J. Albert and Alice Pion Proulx. He graduated from St. Anne’s School in 1946, attended St. Paul’s School in Quebec, Canada, and graduated from the College of Montreal in 1951. He then studied for the priesthood at the College of Montreal and finished his theological studies at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, N.Y.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1960, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Hartford.

Father Proulx began his ministry at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Goshen. He was an assistant at St. Thomas in Goshen, St. Therese in Branford and St. Peter in New Britain. He served as chaplain of the St. Jean Baptiste Society while at St. Peter. He then was co-pastor of St. Louis Parish in West Haven from 1972-83. In 1983, he was assigned as an assistant at St. John Vianney Parish in West Haven, where he also served as police chaplain.

Father Proulx returned to the Goshen parish in 1986 as pastor. He retired in 2007 because of failing health and was named Pastor Emeritus of St. Thomas of Villanova.

Father Proulx lived at Apple Rehab Farmington Valley, where he voluntarily served the spiritual needs of the residents by celebrating daily Mass and administering the sacrament of the sick.

He is survived by a brother, Albert Proulx of Plainville, and a sister, Therese Guay of Southington; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Proulx, and a sister, Agnes M. Hilario.

A parish Mass was celebrated on May 6 at St. Thomas, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on May 7.

Burial followed in St. Thomas Cemetery. Donations in Father Proulx’s memory may be made to St. Thomas Church, 71 North St., Goshen, CT 06756; or to In House Vitas Hospice c/o St. Mary’s Hospital, 56 Franklin St., Waterbury, CT 06706.



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.