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Gunnoud JamesSOUTHINGTON – Father James B. Gunnoud, 81, formerly of Naugatuck, passed away peacefully on Feb. 24, 2014, at the Southington Care Center after an extended illness.

He was born on Nov. 7, 1932, in Waterbury, a son of the late Thomas and Hazel (Gallagher) Gunnoud. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Providence College and Christ the King Seminary in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1959, by Auxiliary Bishop John F. Hackett.

His first assignment as a priest was at St. Bernard Parish in Sharon, followed by St. Mary in Meriden and Our Lady of Victory in West Haven and then he was a chaplain at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 1977, he was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Waterbury as pastor and remained there until 1987, when he went to St. Jude Parish in Derby.

He went to St. Bridget Parish in Cheshire in 1990 and remained there until his retirement in 2006. While at St. Bridget, he was credited with reopening St. Bridget School. Father Gunnoud was known for being especially dedicated to the youth of his parishes.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Eloise Gunnoud of Southbury and Patricia Gunnoud of Watertown, and nine nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Dorothy and brothers Thomas and John Gunnoud.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on March 1 at St. Bridget Church. Burial in St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck followed.

Donations in Father Gunnoud’s memory may be made to St. Bridget School, 175 Main St., Cheshire, CT 0641

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.