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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 18, 2010 when a Centennial Mass was celebrated in honor of St. Margaret of Scotland (Waterbury) Church.
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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary (Agneta) Reagan, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, died on Dec. 28, 2010, at St. Mary Home. She was 86 and had been in religious life for 68 years.

A Bridgeport native, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Nellie (Haggerty) Reagan. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and master’s and doctoral degrees in art history from The Catholic University of America in Washington. She also held a sixth-year certificate in American studies from Fairfield University and certificates in Spanish and Italian culture and art from Dante University in Rome; she earned these as a Fulbright Scholar.

Sister Mary taught elementary grades through college, including at the former Mount St. Joseph Academy, Lauralton Hall in Milford and Mercy High School in Middletown. She was a professor for five years at St. Joseph College and, from 1980 to her retirement in 1997, was academic dean and a professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell.

She was a member of the Renaissance Society of America, Catholic Historical Association and National Catholic Fine Arts Society. She helped the Consortium of Colleges in the Greater Hartford Area to develop a program in American studies, wrote and produced television documentaries, and conducted travel-study tours in Italy, Israel and Ireland.

Sister Mary’s brother, Daniel, predeceased her. She is survived by her community and a niece, Sarah Kirtland of New York.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 3 in the chapel at St. Mary Home. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.

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.