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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Ann Cletus (Catherine Mary) Tracy, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, died on Aug. 29, 2010, at her community’s provincial house in West Hartford. She was 96 and had been in religious life for 76 years.

She was born on Oct. 29, 1913, in Hartford, a daughter of the late John Joseph Tracy and Katherine (Kelley) Tracy. She entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph on Feb. 20, 1934, and celebrated her profession of perpetual vows on Dec. 30, 1939.

A graduate of the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford, Sister Ann Cletus spent 38 years teaching in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and in the dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich. Her last years in mission were spent as an assistant visitor at St. Joseph Hospital in Stamford.

She was predeceased by six sisters, Sister Constance Marie Tracy, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Carroll, Anne Hayes, Mary Wilson, Alice Dembowski and Rosaleen Tracy; and one brother, John Tracy. She is survived by her community and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 31 in the chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.

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.