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ANSONIA – Deacon Joseph DiPiro, a lifelong resident of Ansonia, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Aug. 17, 2013, at his home. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Mary (Keohane) DiPiro.

He also was predeceased by parents Lawrence and Concetta (Ferrazzoli) DiPiro; his sister Anna (DiPiro) Boland and his brother Lawrence DiPiro.

Deacon DiPiro served as a deacon at Assumption Parish in Ansonia from 1981 to 2003. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. After attending the Academy of Aeronautics in New York, he had a career in airframe design at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. A lead engineer of Sikorsky’s Black Hawk helicopter, he retired as a chief design engineer.

Deacon DiPiro is survived by his five children, Dr. Joseph DiPiro of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Michael DiPiro of Middletown; Mary DiPiro Tow of Coventry, R.I.; Catherine Esposito of Charlotte, N.C.; and Daniel DiPiro of Wiesbaden, Germany. He also leaves 12 grandchildren.

Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 23 at Assumption Church. Burial with military honors followed in Mount St. Peter Cemetery in Derby.

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.