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BERLIN – Deacon Oral Arthur Talbot, husband of the late Ann Talbot, died on June 18, 2012, at his home in Berlin at age 88.

He was born in New Britain, a son of Clara Pauquette and Alfred Joseph Talbot. He had lived in Berlin for the last 42 years. During World War II, he served in the 104th Cavalry in Europe and on the Pacific Coast. He earned a teaching degree at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain and taught in the Berlin school system for 37 years.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 27, 1980, by the late Archbishop John F. Whealon. He served as a deacon at St. Paul Church in Kensington from 1980-2007.

He was the father of Faith Pautzsch of Booneville, N.Y.; Bud Talbot of Berlin; Hope Francis of Folsom, Calif.; Mark Talbot of Duluth, Ga.; and Christopher Talbot of Berlin. He also is survived by 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Marot of New Hampshire and Teresa LaPort of North Carolina; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Norman, Alfred and Raymond Talbot and his sister, Shirley Talbot.

Conventual Franciscan Father Robert Schlageter, pastor, celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on June 23 at St. Paul Church. Burial at Maple Cemetery in Berlin followed.

Donations in Deacon Talbot’s memory may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203.

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.