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HARTFORD – Sister Mariette J. Moan, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, has been named vicar for religious for the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The position makes her responsible for 715 members of consecrated life in the archdiocese.

The vicar for religious is an official representative of the archbishop in matters regarding consecrated life. In this capacity, Sister Mariette serves as his liaison and offers pastoral concern, provides appropriate resources and facilitates collaborative structures for leaders and members of the various forms of consecrated life to enhance their vocation within the church.

The ministry of the vicar for religious is primarily one of service: service to the archbishop when acting as his representative; service to members of consecrated life in areas essential to their growth; service to the archdiocese by supporting, in whatever way possible, the vocation to consecrated life.  This year, Sister Mariette’s responsibilities will also include preparations for “The Year of Consecrated Life,” which Pope Francis has announced will begin on Nov. 29, 2014, and extend through Feb. 2, 2016, as well as the coordination of the annual Retirement Fund for Religious campaign.

Sister Mariette previously was the director of the archdiocese’s Office for Religious. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from the Pontifical University of St. Anselm in Rome; a diploma in spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, also in Rome; a diploma in pastoral liturgy from St. Paul University in Ottawa; a master’s degree in music education from New York University; and a bachelor’s degree in French from Southern Connecticut State University.  She also did graduate coursework in theology and liturgy at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute of Rome.

Sister Mariette is also a linguist. In August, the Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Office of Catholic Bishops asked her to be part of a committee that will assist in the revision of the English translation of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official cycle of the church’s daily prayer.

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.