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WEST HARTFORD – Father Louis Y. Chow, 85, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017, Divine Mercy Sunday, at home in Corning, N.Y.

He was born on May 20, 1932, in the city of AnQing, AnHui province, China, the son of Joseph and Cecilia (Chen) Chow. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Shanghai in 1951, emigrated to Hong Kong in 1979 and then came to Connecticut. He studied computer technologies and worked at Cigna Corp in Bloomfield before entering Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell in 1983. He graduated in 1988 from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md.

Father Chow was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John F. Whealon on Feb. 25, 1989, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. He served in the parishes of St. Joseph in New Haven, St. Francis of Assisi in Torrington and Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury.

In 1996, he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, Calif., before retiring in April of 2001. Father Chow also assisted the late Cardinal Ignatius Kung in serving the Chinese Catholic community in Connecticut. Father Chow translated many volumes of books related to Catholicism and prayers from English into Chinese.

Survivors include one brother, Peter R. Chow of Montreal, Canada, and nine nieces and nephews in Canada, China, Germany, and the United States. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and John Chow; four sisters, Margaret, Agatha, Ann and Theresa; and one nephew.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair presided at a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. May 2 at St. Brigid Church in West Hartford. Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

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.