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HARTFORD – Five St. Francis Care staff members received either the Sisters of St. Joseph or the Living Our Mission award during a ceremony at the hospital April 22.

Named for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry who established a two-room hospital in the Asylum Hill neighborhood to care for the growing immigrant population, the Sisters of St. Joseph Award is presented to two employees who exemplify the ideals of the hospital’s founders: service, charity and healing.

The Living Our Mission Award recognizes employees, chosen by their peers, who strive to fulfill the St. Francis mission and core values of respect, integrity, service, leadership and stewardship.  Pictured, from left, are Jo Anne Senkewitcz, an administrative assistant from Vernon, Sisters of St. Joseph award; Ralph Papp, a licensed clinical social worker from New Haven, Living Our Mission award; Darren Neal, a nursing assistant from Wallingford, Living Our Mission award; Madison Hammond, a medical secretary from Enfield, Living Our Mission award; and Mary Anne Kelly, a registered nurse from Canton, Sisters of St. Joseph award. (Photo submitted)

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.