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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Helen (Mary Teresa) Harvey, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Jan. 8, 2010, at the age of 94. She was in religious life for 74 years.

She was born on April 9, 1915, in Hartford, a daughter of the late Michael J. Harvey and Mary Agnes (Mulvey) Harvey. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Feb. 23, 1936, and professed her perpetual vows on Dec. 29, 1941.

Sister Mary Helen ministered for 10 years as a teacher in several parishes in Connecticut. She then attended Bryant College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. From 1951 to her retirement in 1980, she worked in the accounting department at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.

In 2005, Sister Mary Helen moved to St. Joseph Infirmary.

In addition to her community, Sister Mary Helen is survived by a sister-in-law, Thelma Harvey, and several nieces and nephews. Sister Mary Helen’s sister, Alice N. Harvey, who had also retired to the infirmary to be near her sister, died the next day.

Sister Mary Helen was predeceased by two sisters, Doris Harvey Duzak and Helen Harvey; and three brothers, Edward, John and James Harvey.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 19 at St. Joseph’s Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford. Interment was in the Sisters of St. 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.