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Wable Lahr webChad W. Wable and Sister Dolores Lahr

WATERBURY ─ St. Mary’s Health System has appointed Sister Dolores Lahr, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, as director of mission integration. She was selected following a rigorous national search and was formally appointed by Archbishop Leonard P. Blair.

Sister Dolores is an experienced and accomplished leader locally, nationally and internationally. As a member of St. Mary’s Hospital’s founding order, she is said to offer a unique perspective and meaningful link to the health system’s heritage. She served as a provincial for her order from 2007-12, during which time she fulfilled a number of leadership functions. The province has a variety of sponsored ministries in Greater Hartford, and Sister Dolores has amassed much experience working with boards of directors and leadership teams at these ministries. Most recently, she worked for the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Sister Dolores was a member of the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center board of directors from 2008 until this fall. She has been a member of the St. Mary’s Health System and St. Mary’s Hospital boards of directors since 2007. She also is a member of the finance committee, chair of the audit committee and a member of the quality and safety committee, providing her with extensive insight into St. Mary’s mission, vision, values and strategic plan.

“St. Mary’s is truly blessed to have Sister Dolores in this new role, leading our pastoral care department and our mission integration and formation efforts,” said Chad W. Wable, president and chief executive officer of St. Mary’s Health System. “She brings a wealth of knowledge of health care and the needs of our community to her leadership and ministry with us. Her significant accomplishments and experience, coupled with her caring, compassionate, yet determined disposition, will help us successfully navigate through the maze of health care and changes ahead.”

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.