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obit-ladish-robertNEW PRESTON – Father Robert W. Ladish, 85, of New Preston, died on March 5, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.

He was born in Hartford, a son of the late John Edward and Mary (Farrell) Ladish, and was raised in West Hartford. He studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

He was ordained on May 14, 1953, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

Father Ladish served as assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Meriden from 1953-56 and at St. John the Evangelist Parish in New Haven from 1956-59. He then pursued graduate studies at Fairfield University, and from 1960-62 was the assistant pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury.

On Sept. 22, 1962, Father Ladish was appointed chaplain at Mount Sacred Heart Novitiate and Academy in Hamden. He subsequently was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in New Haven in 1976, and then, on March 3, 1989, as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Torrington, where he would serve until his retirement on April 30, 2003. From July 1, 1997, until his retirement, Father Ladish also served as administrator of St. Mary Church in Torrington.

He is survived by his brother John of Pennsylvania and 12 nieces and nephews, Kenneth, Mary Jo, Amy, Robert, John, Stephen, David, Paul, Janet, William, Sarah and Gretchen. He was predeceased by his brother William and his sister Anne Kendall.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on March 8 in the chapel at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield.

Donations in memory of Father Ladish may be made at


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.