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BRANFORD – More than 300 people attended the 10th annual Archbishop’s Columbus Day Breakfast, held at the WoodWinds this year on Oct. 7.

The event raises funds for Catholic school students in Greater New Haven.

Archbishop Leonard Blair was joined by guest speaker and baseball sports legend Bobby Valentine, who talked about the three “R’s”: respect, responsibility and reality. Since 2013, he has been the executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

“The gathering was the most well-attended Columbus Day Breakfast yet,” said Cynthia Basil Howard, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools, which organizes the annual breakfast.

Mrs. Howard said that the gathering raised proceeds close to $35,000, which, when matched by funds from the archdiocese, will net nearly $70,000 to be distributed to students attending the New Haven area Catholic schools.

Father Francis T. Carter, pastor of St. Bernadette Parish, was named distinguished pastor, and this year’s distinguished principal is Patricia O’Neil Tiezzi of St. Rita School in Hamden.

Students from St. Bernadette School led guests in the Pledge of Allegiance, with entertainment provided by the choir from St. Mary School in Branford.

The emcee was Jason Newton, sports reporter for WTNH News 8.

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.