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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Alice Claire (Mary Agnesine) Keating, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Dec. 17, 2009, at the order’s provincial house in West Hartford.

She was 83, and had been in religious life for 65 years.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1926, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late Thomas James Keating and Florence Elizabeth (Hayes) Keating. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 24, 1944, and made her perpetual vows on Aug. 23, 1950.

Certified as an X-ray technician from the American College of Radiology, Sister Alice Claire was the chief technician and coordinator of the School of X-ray Technicians at St. Joseph Hospital in Stamford from 1949 to 1968. She also received a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and an associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing.

Over the years, Sister Alice Claire was the clinical nurse instructor, nurse educator of staff, and coordinator of the Maternal Child Education Program at St. Joseph Hospital. She also was a staff nurse for three years at a hospital in Dublin.

Sister Alice Claire then was certified in Natural Family Planning. She established the Mother’s Circle Program and was involved in the parish nurse program at St. Joseph Parish in Shelton.

She received the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Family Life Award in 1985 and an Award of Honor from the Hewitt Foundation Inc. for her work with mothers and children. She also served on various boards connected with her work.

Sister Alice Claire retired in 2003 to the provincial house, where she operated the switchboard.

In addition to the sisters in her community, Sister Alice Claire is survived by two brothers, John T. and Robert J. Keating; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Marjorie K. McFadden, Mary E. Sullivan and Dorothy V. Nassef; and two brothers, Thomas J. and Arthur D. Keating.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 19 at St. Joseph’s Chapel in West Hartford. Burial was in the Sisters of Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

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.