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jub 5 felicians web 2From left, Sister Mary Amandine Zdrok, Sister Mary Edith St. Jean, Sister Mary Julia Janas, Sister M. Romuald Bednarczyk and Sister Carol Marie Saladin

ENFIELD – Five local Felician Sisters are marking anniversaries ranging from 50 to 70 years of religious life this year. These members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Canalice, all of whom entered the order at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, represent 300 years of ministry.

Sister Mary Amandine Zdrok is celebrating 70 years. She was born in Webster, Mass., and entered the order on June 24, 1945. She is a convent aide at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish Convent in Adams, Mass.

Sister Mary Amandine primarily ministered in education and leadership of her religious community. She was a principal and teacher at St. Mary School in Middletown and at St. Martha School in Enfield as well as at Catholic schools in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. She also taught at SS. Cyril and Methodius School in Hartford and at St. Bernard and St. Adalbert Schools in Enfield.

She also has been provincial councilor and provincial vicar for the former Enfield Province.

It has been 60 years since Sister Mary Edith St. Jean entered the order on Aug. 26, 1955. A native of Lowell, Mass., she has ministered chiefly in education and health care. She taught at SS. Cyril and Methodius and was a principal and teacher at St. Martha and at St. Mary School in Torrington.

She also was a teacher in schools throughout Massachusetts and New York; an aide to the provincial treasurer; the physician practices manager, administrative coordinator and director of Development at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, Maine; and treasurer for her congregation in Rome.

Sister Mary Julia Janas will mark her 60th anniversary on Aug. 26. Currently the receptionist at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, she was born in Manchester, N.H.

She was the secretary at SS. Cyril and Methodius School, librarian at the Enfield Montessori School, second grade teacher at St. Mary School in Simsbury, sacristan at Our Lady of the Angels Convent and clerical assistant at the Felician Sisters’ Central Archives in Enfield.

Sister Julia also served as an elementary school teacher at numerous schools in New York and in a variety of roles at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

Also celebrating her 60th anniversary is Sister Mary Romuald Bednarczyk, who entered on Aug. 16, 1955.

A native of Ludlow, Mass., she is the mission effectiveness coordinator at Our Lady of the Angels Convent. Sister Romuald taught at St. Gabriel School in Windsor. She also was director of social services, and director and vice president of mission services at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

Sister Carol Marie Saladin, a native of Torrington, will celebrate her 50th anniversary on Sept. 8.

She teaches and is the mission integration coordinator at the Enfield Montessori School.

She also has taught at St. Gabriel, SS. Cyril and Methodius and the Enfield Child Day Care Center and also taught at elementary schools in New York.

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.