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obit-Testa-Gennaro-2WINDSOR – Father Genaro J. Testa, 91, formerly of Windsor, passed away on Feb. 17, 2013, at Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Ga.

He was born on March 28, 1921, in Hartford, a son of the late Joseph and Vita (Pezzullo) Testa. He grew up in the Wilson section of Windsor and was the first member of St. Gertrude Parish there to be ordained a priest. He studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

He was ordained on May 15, 1947, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by then-Bishop Henry J. O’Brien. He served as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Stamford, St. Mary in Derby, St. Mary in Windsor Locks, St. Mary in East Hartford, St. Ann in Hamden, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Waterbury and Holy Rosary in Ansonia.

He was the administrator and co-pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in East Haven. In 1980, Father Testa was appointed to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Watertown. In 1987, he retired and moved to Florida, where he ministered at St. Andrew Parish in Cape Coral. Over the years, Father Testa served as a chaplain to the Connecticut State Police, Italian American Club in Cape Coral and the New Haven County Sheriff’s Association.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Pasquale, John, James and Fran; and his sisters Vera Testa, Cecilia Parsons, Mary Deronk, Ann MacNeil and Margaret Russo.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on March 1 at St. Gertrude Church. Burial followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.


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.