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obit Rev PatrickMcCarthyMS webHARTFORD – Father Patrick R. McCarthy, 64, of 85 New Park Ave., a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, died Jan. 4, 2015, at the Hebrew Home in West Hartford.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1950, in Algona, Iowa, a son of the late Donald and Marian (Haan) McCarthy.

He studied at the La Salette Minor Seminary in Jefferson City, Mo., the College Seminary in Altamont, N.Y., and Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. He then entered the La Salette Seminary in Bloomfield, where he professed his first vows on Aug. 15, 1974. He pronounced his perpetual vows on Sept. 18, 1977, at Immaculate Conception Church in Maplewood, Mo. After continuing his studies at the Washington Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., he was ordained on Aug. 19, 1978, at St. Cecelia Church in Algona by the late Bishop Frank H. Greteman of Sioux City, Iowa.

Father McCarthy’s first assignment was as associate pastor of a parish in Houston. After completing a program in clinical pastoral education, Father McCarthy was assigned to a church in Vinton, La., for two years.

He also served at a parish in Sulphur, La.; in a hospital pastoral care department in Lake Charles, La.; and at parishes in DeRidder, La., and Friendswood, Texas.

Father McCarthy was assigned in 2000 to the La Salette South Broadway residence in St. Louis and in 2005 to the La Salette National Shrine in Attleboro, Mass. He moved to the La Salette House in Hartford in 2006 and, in recent years, had resided at the Hebrew Home.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father McCarthy is survived by four brothers and four sisters: William, Luke, David, Alvin, Sister Jeanette McCarthy of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catherine Heinen, Eileen Hovelsen and Denise Young; and many relatives.
He was predeceased by his brothers La Salette Father John McCarthy; Eugene; Philip; Jerome; Timothy and Leo; and a sister, Paula.

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.