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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Florence Trahan, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community, died unexpectedly on Nov. 25.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1928, in Norwich, a daughter of Arthur and  Alida (Daigneault) Trahan. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 27, 1948, and was professed on Jan. 2, 1951.

She graduated from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and received advanced degrees from Laval University in Quebec; Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.; and the Institute for Spiritual Leadership at Loyola University in Chicago.

She taught at Lauralton Hall in Milford, introduced women into religious life at Our Lady of Mercy Novitiate in Madison, served on the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy and founded the Spiritual Life Center in Montville. For the past 22 years, she ministered as a spiritual director and retreat minister at Mercy Center in Madison, as well as in local parishes and the Philippines. At Mercy Center, she was the director of the School of Spirituality and the Institute of Spiritual Direction and administered a sabbatical program for an international group of people who visited the center.

Sister Florence is survived by her sister, Theresa Cambra of Meriden; brothers Morris Normandin of Florida and Raymond Normandin of Waterbury; several nieces and nephews; and her religious community.

She was predeceased by her parents and her stepmother, Phoebe Normandin Trahan; her sisters, Simone Bourdon Lepianka and Anita Trahan Dobek; and her brother Roland Normandin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 2 in Connor Chapel of Our Lady at St. Joseph College. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in West Hartford. Contributions in Sister Florence’s memory may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 191, Madison, CT 06443; or to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.

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.