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WEST HAVEN – Robert A. Keefe Jr., age 86, for 60 years the husband of Marie Ann (Marquis) Keefe, died suddenly on March 7, 2011, at his home.

He was born on Jan. 5, 1925, in New Haven, the son of Robert A. and Eleanor (Bergen) Keefe Sr. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and received both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He graduated in 1949 from Niagara University with a degree in business administration. For more than 50 years, he was general manager of Champion Auto of New Haven.

Mr. Keefe was a communicant at Our Lady of Victory Church.

Besides his wife, he is survived by seven children, Father Daniel G. Keefe, Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in Hamden; Maureen Kelly of West Haven; Eileen Keefe of Hamden; Susan Keefe of Wallingford; Robert A. Keefe III of Guilford; James B. Keefe of Wrentham, Mass.; and Timothy P. Keefe of Guilford. He also leaves eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Keefe was predeceased by two sisters, Elizabeth Conniff and Marion Maloney.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 11 at Our Lady of Victory. Interment followed in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

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.