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Tracy JohnHARTFORD – Father John Patrick Tracy, 89, of Hartford, passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, with his family by his side.

He was born on Feb. 16, 1923, in Hartford, the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Johnson) Tracy. He attended Our Lady of Sorrows Grammar School and graduated from St. Joseph Cathedral School, both in Hartford. He went on to study at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

Father Tracy was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1948, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by then-Bishop Henry J. O’Brien. His extensive service to the Catholic Church included appointments as assistant at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Hamden in September 1948, St. Mary in Norwich in January 1951, St. Mary in Meriden in May 1952, St. Bernard in Sharon in October 1953, again at St. Mary in Meriden in September 1963 and St. Mark the Evangelist in West Hartford in November 1964.

Father Tracy was pastor of St. Rose Parish in New Haven from 1971-78, after which he became pastor of St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Hartford from June 23, 1978, until his retirement on his 75th birthday on Feb. 16, 1998.

In addition to his parents, Father Tracy was predeceased by his sister Margaret, who died in 1945. He is survived by many cousins.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Jan. 7 in the chapel of St.  Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Interment in the family plot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield followed.

Memorial donations may be made in Father Tracy’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.


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.