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Julian Szumilo portraitENFIELD – Vincentian Father Julian A. Szumilo died at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford on April 7, 2014. He was 90 years old and had been a priest for nearly 64 years.

Father Julian was born on Jan. 9, 1924, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of the late Anthony and Waleria (Kurzynska) Szumilo. He attended St. Cazimir’s School in Buffalo and graduated from South Park High School there in 1942. Following high school, he began his studies at the Vincentian-run Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he completed two years of study in one year and where he first considered becoming a priest.

He entered the novitiate at St. Vincent Seminary in Philadelphia in September 1943 and pronounced his perpetual vows on Sept. 12, 1945. He pursued philosophical and theological studies at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northhampton, Pa., and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950.

His first assignments were as parochial vicar at St. Stanislaus Parish in New Haven from 1950-53 and then at St. Michael’s Parish in Derby from 1953-57. He was then named rector and superior at St. John Kanty Preparatory School in Erie, Pa., from 1958-61 before returning to St. Michael’s Parish in Derby to serve as parochial vicar and superior.

In 1964, Father Julian was assigned to St. Vincent’s Mission House in Utica, N.Y., and spent the next five years conducting parish missions and retreats. Beginning in 1965, he also simultaneously served as an auxiliary chaplain at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y.

In 1969, he returned to St. Stanislaus as pastor and remained there until 1974. From 1975-81, Father Julian served as provincial for the New England province of his order, the Congregation of the Mission.
In 1981, he became parochial vicar at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Brooklyn, NY.

From 1984-87, Father Julian was assigned to St. Vincent’s Mission House in Whitestone, N.Y. While there, he received his certificate in clinical pastoral education from the Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown. From 1987-93, he was a priest-chaplain at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford and, for a time, served as director of pastoral care.

The next year, Father Julian was named parochial vicar back at St. Stanislaus, and then went to Holy Trinity Parish in Lisbon, Maine, as parochial vicar until 1999. He then was asked to assist at the Vincentian provincial house in Manchester.

In 2001, he became chaplain at St. Joseph’s Residence in Enfield, a home for the elderly operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor. He served as chaplain until his retirement in 2009, and then continued to live there until his death.

Father Julian was predeceased by his parents and his sisters, Emily Kolber, Eleanor Puchalski and Florentine Wandel. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

His funeral Mass was celebrated on April 12 in the chapel at St. Joseph’s Residence. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Derby followed.

Donations in Father Szumilo’s name may be made to NEPCM Charitable Trust, 234 Keeney St., Manchester, CT 06040.

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.