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SOUTHINGTON – Deacon John L. Crowley, 74, of Southington, husband of Suzanne (Graveline) Crowley, passed away at home on May 15, 2014.

Born Oct. 4, 1939, in New Britain, he was the son of the late Cornelius and Helen Crowley. He graduated from New Britain High School and earned an associate’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hartford and a bachelor’s degree in management, magna cum laude, from Post College in Waterbury.

He was a field engineer with CL&P for 44 years. He was a member of Mary Our Queen Parish in Plantsville and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was ordained a permanent deacon on June 12, 1993, by Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. His first assignment was to St. Dominic Parish in Southington until 2004; Deacon Crowley then was assigned to Mary Our Queen Parish, where he had served for the past 10 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Carolyn Grieco of Southington; Sharon Torone of Sammanish, Wash.; and John G. Crowley and Donna Mauro, both of Southington.

He also leaves a sister, Margaret Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif., and 10 grandchildren.

 Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on May 20 at Mary Our Queen Church.

Donations in Deacon Crowley’s memory may be made to Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St., Plantsville, CT 06479.

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.