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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 22, 1960 when ground was broken for St. Philip Church, East Windsor.
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GOSHEN – Arthur Earl Smith, 85, husband of Sally (Sittinger) Smith, passed away on Sept. 29, 2013, at home in Goshen. He was the loving husband of Sally (Sittinger) Smith.

He was the father of Father Anthony Smith of Bloomfield, director of vocations and coordinator of campus ministry for the Archdiocese of Hartford; Marty Smith and Pat Smith, both of Beaufort, S.C.; Thomas Smith of West Hartford; Nancy Cassella of Farmington; Ann Lefferts of Kerhonkson, N.Y.; and Mary Sage of Old Saybrook. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Smith was born on May 21, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., son of the late Arthur and Marjorie (Graham) Smith. He attended St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and an electronics school in Detroit. He worked as the operations manager for AMF Bowling from 1955-78.

He then became vice president of technical services for Harley-Davidson International from 1978 to 1990. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and belonged to the Retread Motorcycle Club and the Holiday Rambler RV Club. He was a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1948-52, serving in the Korean War, where he was wounded at the Chosen Reservoir.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 4 at St. Thomas of Villanova Church in Goshen. Burial followed in St. Thomas Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation at or to VNA Northwest Hospice, 607 Bantam Road, Unit F, Bantam, CT 06750.

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.