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Raczynski Theodore webHARTFORD – Father Theodore T. Raczynski, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, died on Jan. 1, 2016.

He was born on April 3, 1929, in Seymour, a son of the late Anthony and Cecelia Raczynski. Father Raczynski graduated in 1947 from Seymour High School. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and continued them at St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.

He returned to St. Thomas Seminary as a deacon prefect for the academic year 1955-56. Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien ordained him to the priesthood on May 10, 1956, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford.

Father Raczynski then served at St. Mary in Simsbury (1956-62); St. Joseph in Suffield (1962-63); St. Lucian Home in New Britain, as chaplain (1963); Holy Cross in New Britain (1963-65); and St. Robert Bellarmine in Windsor Locks (1965-75).

While in Windsor Locks, he was chaplain of the Windsor Locks Fire Department and of Riverside Council 26 Knights of Columbus.

He was pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Suffield until his retirement as pastor emeritus in 2004. While at Sacred Heart he supervised the construction of the new church and rectory as well as an addition to the parish hall, now named in his honor. In Suffield, he was a member of the Juvenile Review Board and was chaplain of the Suffield Fire Department.

Father Raczynski celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination in 2006. He remained at Sacred Heart through 2012.

In addition to his parents, Father Raczynski was predeceased by his stepmother Stella Raczynski; sisters Helen Soresina, Mary Yish, Stella Beletsky and Anne Gabianelli; stepbrother Theodore Cinsinski; stepsisters Helen Sadowski and Irene Szczesiul; and many nieces and nephews.

A parish Mass was celebrated Jan. 7 at Sacred Heart Church, where Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial the next morning. Private burial was in Mountain Meadows Cemetery in Seymour.

Donations in Father Raczynski’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church Woman’s Guild Scholarship Fund, 446 Mountain Road, Box 626, Suffield, CT 06078.

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.