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john_McmahonWASHINGTON – Dominican Father John Anthony McMahon, son of the late John and Mary McMahon, died in his sleep Friday morning on Sept 9, 2011, at St. Dominic Priory in Washington, D.C.

He was raised in the Washington Hill area of Waterbury. He attended St. Francis Xavier School, Sacred Heart High School and Providence College. He entered the seminary and was ordained a Dominican priest in 1968.

He served as a priest, professor, director of student services, director of security, subprior and chaplain of the Providence College Council of the Knights of Columbus. During the early 1980s, he resurrected the Providence College K of C Council and brought its membership to nearly 500. The council received the Star Council Award several times. He served at Providence College for 18 years.

He was pastor and prior at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Zanesville, Ohio, for six years. He was the director of the Dominican Assisted Living Center in Washington, D.C., for 19 years. He served as subprior for St. Dominic's in Washington, D.C. He was a dedicated priest and known as a profound preacher. He loved his priesthood and his family.

He is survived by a sister, Phyllis Sullivan, of Waterbury; local nephews Deacon James Sullivan of Plymouth, John Sullivan of Watertown and Dennis Sullivan of Cheshire; and local niece Moira Shapland of Bristol.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary McMahon and Deborah Harnett.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14 at St. Dominic's in Washington. Burial was at Providence College Cemetery for the Dominicans at the Providence College campus.


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.