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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 17, 1891 when Bishop Lawrence S. McMahon dedicated St. Bernard Church, Enfield.
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WATERBURY – Deacon Donald E. Cruess Sr., 88, passed away on, Feb. 13, 2013, at Middlebury Convalescent Center.

A permanent deacon who served for more than 25 years at St. Francis Xavier Parish, he was the husband of Vera (Mason) Cruess.

He was born on April 23, 1924, a son of the late Raymond and Charlotte (Moran) Cruess. He was a graduate of Crosby High School and attended Wesleyan University in Middletown until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II.

After the war, he worked at his family’s markets until he became a quality control manger for Timex and, later, Buell Industries/Anchor Fastener for many years before his retirement.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his children Donald Jr. of Meriden; David of Columbia, Md.; Daniel of Wilmington, N.C.; Dean of Storrs; Diane Maxwell of Pleasanton, Calif., Deborah Beveridge of Watertown; and Darcy Braisted of Bethel; as well as by 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 16 at St. Francis Xavier. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, 625 Baldwin St., Waterbury, CT 06706.

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.