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obit Genua RonaldWATERBURY – Father Ronald L. Genua, 78, entered into eternal rest on May 29, 2015, at Paradigm Health Care in Waterbury.

He was born in Waterbury on Aug. 28, 1936, a son of the late Antonio and Mary Dellano Genua. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury and St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and earned his degree in theology from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1965, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien. He served at St. Thomas in Goshen, St. Anthony in Bristol, Our Lady of the Assumption in Woodbridge and St. Peter in Torrington, was co-pastor at Sacred Heart in Waterbury, assistant pastor at St. Lucy in Waterbury and Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury and spiritual director at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury.

He served as pastor of St. Francis Xavier in New Milford and parochial vicar at St. Thomas in Southington before being named pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia in 2000, where he served until his retirement in 2005.

He served in the Army National Guard, earning the rank of lieutenant.

Father Genua is survived by his sisters, Barbara Dowling of Middlebury and Janice Genua of Poquoson, Va., and several cousins. A parish Mass was celebrated June 2 at Holy Rosary Church, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial June 3. Burial with military honors was in Mount St. Peter Cemetery in Derby.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. Carlos Garces Scholarship Fund, c/o Holy Rosary Church, 10 Fr. Salemi Drive, Ansonia, CT 06401; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd., Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489.

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.