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obit Dargan Peter webWEST HAVEN – Father Peter S. Dargan, formerly of West Haven, died peacefully on April 7, 2015, at the Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, surrounded by his family and a spiritual group from Holy Trinity Parish in Wallingford.

He was born on Aug. 24, 1934, a son of the late Robert S. Dargan Sr. and Marie C. (Murphy) Dargan of West Haven.

He was the brother of Sister Mary Faith Dargan of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Mrs. Richard T. Doyle Jr., Richard P. Dargan and Robert S. Dargan Jr. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1952, Father Dargan remained faithful to the school and the virtues it stresses. Father Dargan attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where he was a prefect. A graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Father Dargan received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1961, the year he was ordained by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

Father Dargan assisted at St. Pius X Parish in Wolcott and the Cathedral of St. Joseph before being named co-pastor and administrator of St. Rose Parish in East Hartford in November 1976. He was appointed dean of the Manchester Deanery in 1986.

Father Dargan then was temporary administrator at St. Bernard in Tariffville before becoming parochial vicar at St. Ann in Devon in 1989. He was dean of the West Shoreline Deanery from 2002-07 and taught at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford and East Catholic High School in Manchester.

Father Dargan was pastor of Holy Infant Church in Orange from 1990-2012, when he was named pastor emeritus. He was a member of the Notre Dame High School Board of Directors and served on the boards of the archdiocesan Office of Urban Affairs, now known as the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry, and St. Regis Health Center. For his dedication to the Church and to Notre Dame High School, Father Dargan received the Knights of Honor Award in 1994 and was inducted into the Knights of Honor Society.

A parish Mass was celebrated April 10 at Holy Infant Church, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Burial was in St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.

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.