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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 23, 1976 when Archbishop Henry J. O'Brien passed away.
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Alice (Bouchard) Newbery, 82, of Simsbury, beloved wife for 59 years of Senior Deacon Robert D. Newbery, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Simsbury surrounded by her family in Simsbury.

Born in Connor, Maine, on May 19, 1934,she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Josephine (Paradise) Bouchard. She attended Hartford schools and graduated in 1952 from Hartford Public High School. She then worked at the Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Co., where she met her future husband. She then worked as a computer operator at the Hartford Insurance Co. for more than 20 years, retiring in 1989.

The Newberys lived in Windsor Locks for many years before moving to Simsbury in 1994 after she and her husband retired. During her retirement, Mrs. Newbery worked in the archives of the Archdiocese of Hartford and she later volunteered at McLean's in Simsbury. Deacon and Mrs. Newbery volunteered in many capacities at the parishes that they belonged to over the years and as a extraordinary ministers of holy Communion at Hartford Hospital. They also served as a team couple for many years for Marriage Encounters. 

Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Raymond R. Newbery of Middletown; a sister, Doris Parent of Vernon; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two infant children, Joseph and Francis Newbery; four brothers, Lionel, Albert, Roland and Roger Bouchard; and six sisters, Anita Collins, Albertine Hebert, Jeannine Hebert, Lee Mathieu, Bernice Colbath and Fern Chmielecki.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 19 at St. Therese Church in Granby. Burial followed in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2275 Silas Deane Highway, First Floor N - Unit 9, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 or to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 74 Batterson Park Road, Farmington, CT 06032.

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.