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obit-FredBartonPic1-adgWEST HARTFORD – Brother Frederick D. Barton, a member of the Passionist Congregation, died on Jan. 3, 2013, at St. Mary Home.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1934, in New York City at the former Flower Hospital in Manhattan. He was baptized at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Manhattan on April 15, 1934. Predeceased by his parents, Clyde and Margaret Barton, he was raised by guardians John and Lillian Ronnie in Long Island City, N.Y., where he received his first Communion and was confirmed at St. Rita’s Church.

He attended the former elementary school No. 83, and then Queens Vocational High School in Sunnyside, Queens.

Before joining the Passionists, Brother Fred worked for a number of years as a printer in Long Island City and made annual retreats at Immaculate Conception Monastery and Retreat House in Jamaica, N.Y. 

He made his novitiate at St. Paul’s Monastery in Pittsburgh, Pa. After receiving the required schooling, he took temporary vows and then moved to Holy Family Monastery, where he was further educated and trained for hree years before taking his final vows on March 7, 1968.

Brother Fred went on take care of monastery buildings, grounds and cars in a number of different Passionist monasteries in the Province of St.Paul of the Cross in the eastern United States. He eventually returned to Holy Family, where he spent the larger part of his Passionist life in service to the local community at Holy Family.


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.