Some graduates of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden get together to share their joy at the commencement ceremonies on May 25 in the Philip Paolella Jr. Recreational Center on the campus. Commencement speaker Dr. Laura M. Walby, ’96, emphasized "keeping it simple." "Think beyond the busy-ness of life," she said. "Many things are outside of your control and rest in the hands of God – keep it simple." A pediatrician at Branford/North Branford Pediatrics and clinical instructor in pediatrics at Yale University Medical School, Dr. Walby is a 2000 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received her medical degree in 2004 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science,s where she was recognized for manifesting the highest standard of ethics and communication with peers, teachers and patients.
At 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.
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.”
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.”