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MIDDLETOWN – Xavier High School’s Riflery Team shows off its hardware after a record-setting season and winning the state championship recently.

From left are rifle coach Aaron King; Mark Wojcicki, ’17, of Kensington; Con Marrinan, ’17, of Oakdale;  Michael Lavallee, ’17, of Chester; Tim Hoang, ’16, of Newington; Dylan Lorence, co-captain, ’16, of Rocky Hill; Riley Lyke, ’16, of Higganum; Mike Acampora, ’18, of North Haven; Anthony Dortenzio, ’17, of Southington; Kyle Gardiner, co-captain, ’18, of Portland; Jacob Lagace, ’17, of Moodus; C.J. Sokol, ’19, of Durham; J.R. Fronc, ’16, of Durham; E.J. Hohmann, ’18, of Wallingford; and Andrew Mahr, ’18, of Middletown.

The Falcons had a 5-1 record this season, beating traditional rival Suffield Academy for the first time in six years with a record-high score of 973 (out of 1000). Jacob Lagace tied for highest individual score in team history (199 out of 200).

Xavier won the Quinnipiac Conference for the first time since 2009 and qualified to shoot at the state High School League Championship Shoot-off, where Xavier won for the first time since 2008.

The team’s top five shooters at the state contest were Mike Acampora (198 out of 200), Dylan Lorence, Riley Lyke, Con Marrinan and Kyle Gardiner.

Three Falcons placed in the top 10 shooters in the state: Michael Acampora (third), Dylan Lorence (fourth), and Jacob Lagace (eighth).

Xavier High School currently serves approximately 820 young men from more than 65 cities and towns in Connecticut.

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.