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obit fr kilbride eugene webWEST HARTFORD – Father Eugene Michael Kilbride, 82, died on March 17, 2016, at the rectory of St. Helena Parish.

He was born on Jan. 8, 1934, in the Washington Hill section of Waterbury. He was the youngest child of Michael J. and Helen (Madden) Kilbride. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier Grammar School and Sacred Heart High School, both in Waterbury, attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and completed his studies at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass.

On Jan. 6, 1959, he was the first man from St. Francis Xavier Parish to be ordained at St. Francis Xavier Church. He ministered for 40 years at St. Helena. He also served at St. Gertrude in Wilson, Blessed Martin de Porres in New Haven, St. Brigid in Elmwood and St. Francis of Assisi in South Windsor. He retired in 2008 and lived and served at St. Helena as senior priest until his death.

Father Kilbride celebrated the 57th  anniversary of his ordination in January.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Marie Shurkus and Claire Davis. He leaves many nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on March 21 at St. Helena Church. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waterbury.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Helena Church, 30 Echo Lane, West Hartford, CT 06107.

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.