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ANSONIA – Father Joseph Harrington Burns, 85, a priest of the Diocese of Camden, N.J., for 56 years, died on Aug. 10, 2016.

He was educated at Assumption School and Ansonia High School in Ansonia; St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield; St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.; St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Penn.; and Villanova University in Philadelphia.

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Camden on June 11, 1960. He then served as parochial vicar in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Camden. He was pastor of Our Lady of Victories in Landisville, N.J., and St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton, N.J. Father Burns also was on the faculty at two Catholic high schools and was vice principal and principal at two Catholic high schools.

He retired in 2002.

Father Burns was born on Aug. 14, 1930, in Derby. He was predeceased by his parents Thomas Patrick and Irene (Harrington) Burns and a brother, Thomas F. Burns. His surviving siblings are Elizabeth M. Blanchard, Richard M. Burns, Peter F. Burns and Irene B. Brown. He also leaves 20 nieces and nephews and their children.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 20 at the Church of the Assumption in Ansonia. Interment followed at Pine Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Assumption through the Jenkins King & Malerba Funeral Home, 12 Franklin St., Ansonia, CT 06401.

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.