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NEW MILFORD – Deacon Robert Eugene Muro Sr., 71, of New Milford, passed away on Dec. 19, 2014, at Danbury Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Donna Hunter Muro.

He was born on July 7, 1943, in Norwalk, a son of the late Michael and Helen Davies Muro. He was a retired printer with the Hour Publishing Co. in Norwalk and a retired security guard at New Milford High School and served as a deacon at Our Lady of the Lakes Church in New Milford.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish before becoming a founding member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church. He and his wife were very involved in the religious education program at St. Francis Xavier for many years. They were also very active in the Marriage Encounter movement.
He was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 1995.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by a son, Robert Eugene Muro Jr. of Southington; a daughter, Amanda Jean Muro of East Hartford; two brothers, James Muro of Norwalk and Michael Muro of Norwalk; a sister, Helen Kurtzman of Norwalk; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Muro.

Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 27 at St. Francis Xavier Church.

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.