Priests Bid Their Brother Farewell

Reverend Anthony P. Gruber

January 20, 1936 - January 13, 2018


In Memoriam

West Hartford - Reverend Anthony P. Gruber, 81, passed away peacefully at St. Mary Home in West Hartford on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Born in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia, Fr. Tony was the beloved son of Anthony and Emma Gruber. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America and was ordained on June 6, 1970 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich by The Most Reverend Vincent J. Hines, Bishop of Norwich. Fr. Tony served the spiritual needs of the Norwich Diocese for 47 years. He served in several parishes throughout the Diocese as well as in the Diocesan Finance Office, and on various boards and committees. Fr. Tony was very instrumental in developing what is now The Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti, and greatly enjoyed the people of Haiti, travelling there annually for many years. He also enjoyed cross word puzzles, gatherings with family and friends, and summer trips to Ocean City, NJ. During his retirement in Niantic, he was an active member of St. Agnes parish and ministered at the local prison. He is survived by his sister Antoinette Wynn, 14 nephews and nieces. He is pre-deceased by his parents and dear sisters Mary Snyder and Loretta Plummer. Fr. Tony’s body will be received at St. Mary’s Church, 70 Central Ave., Norwich, CT on Friday, January 19th, at 9:30am. His body will lie in state until the Mass of Christian burial begins at 10:30am. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 815 Boswell Ave, Norwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti Education Fund or Paula Thybulle’s Home for Girls.

Pray against ‘powers of darkness,’ Cardinal Dolan tells pro-life marchers


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Washington D.C., Jan 18, 2018 (CNA/EWTN News)- In the fight against abortion, it is crucial to recognize the reality of evil and the importance of prayer, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said on the eve of the annual March for Life.

The power of evil in the world, he said, is “stronger than any in creation save one, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who called Himself ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’”

“That’s why we come to this place of prayer to commence our project, a home the powers of darkness are scared of, a house where Mary is our Mother, where Jesus dwells, and where we are with family,” he said. 

Cardinal Dolan delivered the homily at the Jan. 18 Mass of the Vigil for Life, which took place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The Vigil for Life is held each year on the night before the March for Life, an annual event on or near the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated legal abortion nationwide.

 The march routinely draws hundreds of thousands from across the country to witness to the dignity of every human life.

 In his homily, Cardinal Dolan said that observers of the march – now in its 45th year – have compared it to the “peaceful yet so effective protests for civil rights organized by the prophetic pastor,” Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “Like the Reverend Martin Luther King, our prayers and witness are about civil rights, the civil right to life and to equal protection under the law, guaranteed by our constitution, for the most fragile, marginalized, and threatened – the tiny, innocent baby in the womb,” he said.

 “Like Pastor King, our belief in the dignity of the human person and sacredness of all human life propels us to concern for human life wherever, whenever, and however it is threatened, from racial antagonism to justice for immigrants, from the war torn to the hungry.”

 The cardinal pointed to the March for Life as a means of advocating for the unborn and showing that “millions, mostly young people, share a passion for a belief that the little baby has civil rights.” It is important for the nation’s lawmakers to see the strength of the pro-life movement, he said.

 “Our elected representatives, executive and legislative, and the judiciary they appoint, need to see, and hear, and feel the grassroots power and sincere voices of millions who lack the cash of the abortion industry, who can’t find many in Hollywood to support them, who can’t seem to get a hearing on campus, and who are told not to even consider running for office in some states.”

 The lawmakers need to hear “that we’re not going to give up, that reason and the grand American tradition enshrined in our foundational documents are on our side, and that our love for babies, their struggling moms and dads, and our passion for a society to assist and protect all vulnerable life will keep us at it,” he said.

 He also noted that the march is a powerful way “to fight the temptation we must admit – the temptation to discouragement.” With the message of the pro-life movement ridiculed and harassed by much of the media, academia, entertainment industry and one of the two major political parties, the fight can at times feel lonely, he said.

 Despite challenges, the pro-life movement has reason for hope, the cardinal said.

 He encouraged those present to be “apostles of life, apostles armed not with money, not with hate or destructive words, but armed, as our Holy Father exhorts, with love and joy.”


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January 10, 2018

WASHINGTON Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, is inviting Catholics and others to join the nationwide 9 Days for Life campaign. .

"We bring many needs to God this month, including care for displaced persons, racial harmony, Christian unity, and the protection of all human life," Cardinal Dolan said. "I invite our brothers and sisters in Christ to join me and my brother bishops in 9 Days for Life from Thursday, January 18 through Friday, January 26. Our prayers matter. Every prayer matters, and if you can't start at the beginning, jump in when you can!"

9 Days for Life is the U.S. bishops' annual, pro-life prayer and action campaign surrounding the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

The overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to abortion, and each day treats a different aspect of respecting the dignity of the human person—from the beginning of life to its natural end. This year, as part of the "Share the Journey" campaign supporting displaced persons, one day addresses human trafficking, something migrants and refugees are particularly at risk of suffering.

By responding to the U.S. bishops' invitation, participants can make a "digital pilgrimage." Joining tens of thousands nationwide, they can build a culture of life through prayer and action, and share their experiences on social media with the hashtags #9DaysforLife and #OurPrayersMatter. There's also a Facebook frame participants can use on their profile picture to show their support for life.

The website,, features a videowith Cardinal Dolan calling the campaign "a great way to put our faith into action." The site offers a print version of the novena, as well as four ways to automatically receive the daily prayers, reflections, and suggested actions in either English or Spanish: free "9 Days for Life" mobile app (with customizable reminders), email, text message, and a Facebook event.