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WINDSOR – Helene M. (McDonnell) O’Connell, 96, of Pocopson, Pa., formerly of West Hartford and Windsor and the widow of the late J. Benedict O’Connell, died on July 12, 2010.

She was born July 9, 1914, in Lowell, Mass., the daughter of the late Timothy and Anna (Begley) McDonnell. She graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Hartford.

A registered nurse, she had worked for many years in hospitals, doctors’ offices and schools in Windsor and Hartford.

She is survived by a son, Daniel P. O’Connell of Glastonbury; a daughter, Mary Ann Maggitti of West Chester, Pa.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Dr. Paul B. O’Connell and J. Benedict O’Connell Jr., and a grandson, John T. O’Connell.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 16 at St. Augustine Church in South Glastonbury. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford.

Donations in Mrs. O’Connell’s name may be made to the John T. O’Connell Clinical Cancer Research Fund, St. Francis Hospital, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105; or to St. Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury, CT 06073; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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.