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obit-Shaw BrianMILFORD – Father Brian A. Shaw, 73, pastor of St. Ann Parish, died on Aug.19, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Meriden on Sept. 14 1939, a son of the late Julia Catherine Balasa and Thomas F. Shaw. He attended St. Stanislaus School in Meriden and St. John Kanty Prep School in Erie, Pa. He graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1960 and continued his studies for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral psychology in 1977 from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.

Father Shaw was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1966, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He served as a temporary assistant at St. Mary Parish in Meriden and then as assistant pastor at St. Matthew Parish in Forestville from 1966 until 1971. He was appointed assistant pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Yalesville in 1971 and at Holy Cross Parish in New Britain in 1977. In 1980, he was named co-pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in East Haven, where he served until 1986, when he was appointed temporary administrator of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Wallingford.

On Feb. 2, 1987, Father Shaw was named pastor of St. Stanislaus in Bristol. He then was pastor of Holy Cross Parish in New Britain, where he served for five years until June 30, 2008, when he was named pastor of St. Ann Parish in Milford, where he served until his death.

Father Shaw served as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Tinto Council 47 and was chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Bridgeport Division 1. He was also a member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield.

Survivors include his brother Michael of Cromwell.

A parish Mass was celebrated on Aug. 23 at St. Ann Church, where Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Burial was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Meriden.

Donations in Father Shaw’s memory may be made to St. Ann Foundation in care of St. Ann Church, 501 Naugatuck Ave, Milford, CT 06460.

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.