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GrisesFather J. Clifford Grise, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, passed away on March 25 at the Jerome Home in New Britain.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1919, in Southington, the son of the late David J. and Mary (Flynn) Grise. He attended Southington Schools and then studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained to the priesthood on March 17, 1945, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien.

During his more than 72 years of priestly service, his assignments included St. Paul in West Haven, St. Joseph in Shelton and St. Mary in Norwalk. He also served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. In 1963, Father Grise was appointed as the first pastor of St. Agnes Church in Greenwich, where he remained until his 1971 appointment as pastor and principal at St. Peter Church in Danbury.

Upon his pastoral retirement in 1986, Father Grise assisted at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Parish in Longboat Key, Fla., for many years. He returned to Connecticut and resided at the Catherine Dennis Keefe, Queen of the Clergy Residence for retired priests in Stamford.

Father Grise is survived by many nieces and nephews, including Robert D. Foley of Cape Cod, Mass.; Mary Lou Kane of Cheshire; and Lisbeth (Patrick) Dugan of Victor, N.Y.; as well as by numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 30, at Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage Street, Plantsville. Calling hours will begin at 10 a.m. at the church before the Mass. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery, Southington.

Donations in Father Grise’s memory can be made to the Development – Expansion Fund of Queen of Clergy, 274 Strawberry Hill Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.

DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Street, Southington is in charge of arrangements. You may leave online condolences and get directions at in New Britain.

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.