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Obit-DUSSEMIL_20110921WEST HARTFORD – Father Emile C. Dusseault, a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette, Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, died on Sept. 18, 2011, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on March 28, 1927, in Worcester, Mass., a son of the late Emile and Roselind (Trembly) Dusseault. He graduated from St. Joseph School in Fitchburg, Mass., and attended La Salette Seminary High School in Hartford. In July 1945, he entered the La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield and professed his first vows in September 1946. He studied at La Salette seminaries in Ipswich, Mass.; and Milford, Iowa; and returned to Ipswich to complete his studies.

Father Dusseault pronounced perpetual vows in Ipswich in 1949 and was ordained on May 1, 1954, in Sacred Heart Church in Newton Centre, Mass. He was appointed as a professor and prefect at La Salette Seminary High School and served there for six years before being named assistant pastor of St. James Parish in Danielson, where he ministered for eight years.

After a brief time as assistant pastor in his home parish, St. Joseph in Fitchburg, he returned to St. James Parish in 1969 as its pastor. He then served as his congregation’s general treasurer in Rome before becoming a pastor in Golden Meadow, La., in 1980. Nine years later, he became pastor of the newly created parish in Swansboro, N.C., where he ministered for 11 years.

In 2000, he was assigned as director of a retirement residence in Titusville, Fla. He moved to Hartford in 2005.

In addition to his confreres, Father Dusseault is survived by two brothers, Norman, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Robert, of Leominster, Mass.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 22 in the Hartford House chapel. Interment followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. Contributions may be made to the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT 06114-2330.

 

 

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.