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Karvelis FrancisBLOOMFIELD – Father Francis V. Karvelis died at St Mary’s Home in West Hartford on May 4, 2015, at the age of 90.

Born on July 19, 1924, in Waterbury, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Motiekonis) Karvelis. He graduated from St. Joseph School and Crosby High School, both in Waterbury, in 1938 and 1942, respectively. He was a pitcher on the Crosby High School baseball team for two years and played on the Crosby High School basketball team for one year. He graduated in 1944 from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and attended St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester N.Y.

He was ordained May 26, 1949, in St. Joseph Cathedral by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien. His first parish was St. Francis of Assisi in South Windsor from 1949-58. He then went to St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Hartford from 1958-61. He then was a chaplain at the Cheshire Reformatory, Meriden School for Boys and Long Lane School in Middletown until 1974.

In 1974, Father Karvelis was appointed pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in West Haven, where he served until 1986. He then was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waterbury, where he served until his retirement in 1999.

In his retirement, he assisted at St. Joseph’s in Waterbury, Immaculate Conception Parish in Southington and Mary Our Queen Parish in Plantsville. He traveled throughout the state celebrating Mass in Lithuanian at several churches. He resided in Southington from 1999 until 2013 and, most recently, at the Daniel A. Cronin Residence for Retired Priests at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.

He leaves many cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Karvelis and two cousins.

A parish Mass was celebrated May 7 at St. Joseph Church in Waterbury, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning.

Burial was to be at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church, 50 Charles St., Waterbury, CT.

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.