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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Rose Eileen (Terese Rose) Flanagan, 84, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died at the Provincial House in West Hartford on Dec. 13, 2010. She had been in religious life for 62 years.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1926, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary Cecilia (Kiely) Flanagan. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Oct. 15, 1948, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1954.

Sister Rose Eileen graduated from Diocesan Sisters College with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received a degree in medical-surgical nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington and a degree in administration of nursing service from Boston University.

Sister Rose Eileen served on Central Connecticut State University’s advisory committee from 1984-96 and on the Northwest Coalition of Hospital-Based Schools of Nursing as president-elect, president and a board member between1986-92. She was the assistant director and an instructor at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford and then ministered at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, where she was the assistant administrator and director of nursing at various times. She also spent five years in nursing administration at North Adams Regional Hospital in North Adams, Mass. Her final ministry was in the alumni office at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Sister Rose Eileen’s brothers, Father Harold Flanagan, William, Charles and Thomas Flanagan Jr.; and her sisters, Rosemary Fitzgerald and Sister Eileen Flanagan of the Sisters of Notre Dame, predeceased her. She is survived by her religious community, nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 16, 2010, in St. Joseph Chapel at 27 Park Rd., West Hartford. Interment was in the community’s cemetery in West Hartford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Rd., 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.