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SCRANTON, Pa. – Father Clement Kasinskas, a member of the Congregation of the Passion, died May 15 at his home at St. Ann’s Passionist Monastery. He was 82.

He was born Aug. 17, 1929, in Derby, the son of Joseph and Eva Bercius Kasinskas. He was educated in Ansonia and joined the Passionists in 1945. He graduated from Holy Cross Preparatory Seminary in Dunkirk, N.Y., in 1947. He professed his vows on Aug. 15, 1950, and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Michael’s Monastery in Union City, N.J., on May 3, 1957, by the late Bishop Cuthbert O’Gara, a Passionist bishop of Hunan Province, China.

Father Clement spent more than 30 years preaching missions and retreats in English and Lithuanian, including in the Byzantine Rutherian Rite of the Eparchy of Passaic, N.J.

Father Kasinskas was stationed in Massachusetts, New Jersey and at Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford, where in his later years he was a regular confessor for weekend retreats and celebrated Mass locally in various parishes and convents.

He is survived by a sister, Ann Verbiskas of Orange; a brother, Edward, of Bethany; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Michael; and two sisters, Nellie Stankus and Jennie Kacerguis.

Bishop Robert Joerger, Passionist provincial, celebrated a funeral Mass on May 18 at St. Ann’s Basilica in West Scranton. Burial followed at St. Ann’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Father Clement Kasinskas, C.P., to St. Ann’s Shrine Basilica, 1233 St. Ann’s St., Scranton, PA 18504.

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.