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MERIDEN – Registered nurse Jan Louiselle has been named the new hospice nurse educator for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care.

She has been a member of the hospice care team there since 2009. Before serving as a full-time hospice nurse, she worked for the agency per diem. She is a graduate of the Wilcox School of Nursing.

“I always wanted to be a hospice nurse,” said Ms. Louiselle. She said that she took different nursing positions, mostly in skilled nursing facilities, but had to stop providing bedside care after she was diagnosed with cancer.

On a drive to her work as a per diem nurse for Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, it stuck her that as a full-time hospice nurse, she could also offer hospice education to staffs in long-term care facilities where the Franciscan agency has contracts.

“I heard myself say, ‘You are here; this is your dream,’” she said.

Franciscan Hospice Care, a program of Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, is a philosophy of care for the terminally ill and their families. The staff offers holistic support to the person who is ill, family members,and friends. Visit for more information.

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.