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NORTH HAVEN – Deacon Edward Donato Taddei Sr. died peacefully at his home on Feb. 6, 2015. He was the husband of the late Angelina Rosselli Taddei, who died in 1992.

He was born in Philadelphia in 1922, a son of the late Pasquale and Massimina (Saccocia) Taddei. He attended schools in New York, West Virginia and New Jersey before moving with his family in 1938 to New Haven, where he attended Commercial High School. Having earned enough credits to graduate, he spent his senior year working at the American Machine and Foundry Co.

A scholarship from the New Haven Foreman’s Club helped him to attend college and pursue his goal of becoming a certified public accountant. He earned an Associate in Science degree in 1946 from New Haven Junior College, now the University of New Haven, and an honorary Bachelor of Science degree in 2009.

He was a parishioner of St. Aedan in New Haven since 1963 and was an extraordinary minister of holy Communion. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1985 by Archbishop John F. Whealon and assigned to St. Aedan, where he served until his death.

He was chair of the Conference of Deacons of the Archdiocese of Hartford and New England representative of the National Association of Deacon Organizations. He also was a consultant for the archdiocesan Office of Radio and Television and helped establish the live daily telecast, “Celebration of the Eucharist.”

After passing the CPA exam in 1946, he worked as a senior auditor for Lewis Sagal & Co. He soon started his own practice, consulting on defense contract, securities and exchange, public utility, and Federal Communication Commission matters, among others.

He helped develop Connecticut’s first television station, Channel 8. Until 1961, he held positions as executive vice president and finance officer for the Elm City Broadcasting Corp. and Central Connecticut Broadcasting Co. as well as president and general manager for the radio and TV division of Triangle Publications Inc.

He was  president and owner of The Barrows and Wallace Co., a real estate firm, until 1980.

He was a member of the CTCPA, AICPA, Board of Founders of the University of Hartford and Board of Governors of the University of New Haven, and an advisor to theReal Estate Educational Foundation and Jaycees.

He is survived by his children, Pia Taddei-Wright, Roma T. Mott, Edward D. Taddei Jr. and Noelle A. Taddei; his brother Pasquale; and five grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers John and Anthony Taddei.

Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 14 at St. Aedan Church. Burial followed in St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.

Donations in his memory may be made to the CTCPA Educational Trust Fund, c/o Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, 716 Brook St., Ste. 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3433; or Orfanotrofio Antoniano Femminile, Piazza Spirito Santo 3, 98123, Messina, Italy.

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.