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NEWINGTON – Deacon Barry Thomas Skipp Sr., husband for 37 years of Susan Casey Skipp, died suddenly on March 2, 2015, at Hartford Hospital.

He was born in New Haven on Feb. 13, 1951, the son of the late Bartholomew J. Skipp and Mary Shanley Skipp. He grew up in New Haven, and moved to Newington 35 years ago.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his sons Barry Thomas Skipp Jr. of Manhattan and Peter James Skipp of Newington; and daughters Laura Elizabeth (Skipp) Rzeszutek and Caitlin Ann Skipp, also of Newington; a granddaughter; an aunt; cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Rosemary (Skipp) Keenan, two uncles and an aunt.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1994 and served for 21 years. He was a past grand knight of the Newington Knights of Columbus Council 3884.

He received a master’s degree from the University of New Haven.

He retired as the deputy warden of the Garner Correctional facility in Newtown for 22 years and had been a 911 dispatcher for the Wethersfield Police Department for the past 17 years.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 6 at Sacred Heart Church of Wethersfield.

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.