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WETHERSFIELD – Deacon Robert J. D’Efemia, 80, of Wethersfield, husband of the late Mary (Vaitkus) D’Efemia, died peacefully on Aug. 10, 2013.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1932, in Hartford, a son of the late Rocco and Mary Madelyn (Motola) D’Efemia.

Deacon D’Efemia was a graduate of Hartford High School and the University of Hartford. He graduated from the Archdiocese of Hartford’s diaconate formation program and served as a deacon in the Greater Hartford area for many years, including in his last assignment, the Church of the Incarnation in Wethersfield.

He was formerly employed by the Royal Typewriter Co. and retired from Pratt & Whitney as the manager of planning, analysis and cost control. Also a licensed Connecticut real estate broker, he was the vice president and treasurer of the former Kinsella & D’Efemia Real Estate Inc. from 1970-92. 

He is survived by his daughter Donna Coleman of East Haven; grandsons James F. Coleman of Clearwater, Fla., and Brian T. Coleman of East Haven; his sister Lorraine Quelette of Southington; and several nieces and nephews, including James D’Efemia of East Hartford and Anita Baldwin of Coventry. He was recently predeceased by his brother Donald Francis D’Efemia.

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 14 at the Church of the Incarnation. Burial followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Donations in Deacon D’Efemia’s name may be made to the Church of the Incarnation.

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.