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PUTNAM – Sister Claire Francis Pelletier, 96, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Nov. 3 in Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she had resided since her retirement in 1995.

She was born on Feb. 22, 1913, in Fitchburg Mass., a daughter of the late Arsene and Loria (Dupuis) Pelletier. She entered religious life in 1937 and made her religious profession on Aug. 22, 1940, at the motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France.

Sister Claire served in France for two years during World War II. From 1942-44, she was an internee at Vittel, France. Upon her return to the United States, she taught briefly before serving from 1946-59 as mistress of boarders at Putnam Catholic Academy. She then was the superior/coordinator of Holy Ghost Convalescent Home in Uncasville, then at St. Bernard in New London and then Villa St. Joseph in Putnam.

She worked in various community services in Massachusetts and Hartford as the provincial councilor from 1971-78.

Survivors include one brother, George Pelletier of Fitchburg; one sister, Gloria Piccicuto of Leominster Mass., and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 6 at the provincial house.


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.