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JJCroninMILFORD – Father James J. Cronin, 75, died on May 5, 2012, at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

He was born in Hartford on Jan. 10, 1937, a son of the late Matthew and Bridget Herlihy Cronin. He was raised in Bloomfield, and attended St. Peter Grammar School in Hartford, St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hartford and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.

He graduated from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore in 1958 and earned a master’s degree in education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1962 and a licentiate in sacred theology from Yale Divinity School in New Haven in 1982.

Father Cronin was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1962, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien. He served as an assistant at Sacred Heart Church in Waterbury and at St. Augustine Church in North Branford.

Father Cronin was the assistant, co-pastor and administrator at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury for 15 years and then was the assistant and temporary administrator at St. Patrick Parish in Enfield for two years.

He was appointed pastor at St. Joseph in New Haven in 1985 and a dean for the New Haven Deanery the following year. He also served three years on the Presbyteral Council.

Father Cronin was named as the director of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Pro-Life Ministry in October 1991 and served in that capacity until July 2011. In 1994, he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Parish in Milford, where he served until his retirement in 2012. Upon his retirement, Father Cronin was named pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish.

Survivors include his brothers, Timothy, of Pocasset, Mass., and Matthew, of Falmouth, Mass.; his sister, Joan Tyler of Avon; 10 nephews; two nieces; 15 grandnephews; and seven grandnieces.

A parish Mass was celebrated on May 8, at St. Mary Church in Milford, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell  celebratef a Mass of Christian Burial May 9. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery in Bloomfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Church for the benefit of the Twinning Parish in Haiti, 70 Gulf St., Milford, CT 06460.

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.