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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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obit Lonergan David webWETHERSFIELD – Father David W. Lonergan passed away at home on Dec. 20, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends.

He was born on March 6, 1935, in Waterbury, a son of John and Ellen (O’Connell) Lonergan. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury; St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield; St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.; and the American College in Louvain, Belgium.

A lifelong baseball player, he was an accomplished pitcher at St. Thomas Seminary and in Waterbury semi-professional leagues, at times competing against future major-leaguers.

He was ordained to the priesthood at Louvain in 1961 and served many parishes. He was appointed assistant pastor at St. Mary in Unionville in 1961 and appointed notary for the Metropolitan Tribunal in September 1965. He was named co-pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Wolcott in 1979 and administrator of St. Joseph in Waterbury in 1985. After serving as assistant pastor of St. Anthony in Prospect, he was named co-pastor of Corpus Christi in Wethersfield, which he continued to be after also becoming co-pastor of Sacred Heart in Wethersfield in 1995.

Father Longergan also was a chaplain at both the University of Hartford and Trinity College.
He began a medical leave in September 2008 and retired in 2010.

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter A. Rosazza celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 27 at Corpus Christi Church. Interment was to take place at a later date in in the new section of St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury.

Donations in his memory may be made to Franciscan Homecare and Hospice Care, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451

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.