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HAMDEN – Sister Mary Lucy Aragonese, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on March 10, 2011, at Sacred Heart Manor. She was 97 years old.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1913, in Dayton, Pa., a daughter of the late Anthony and Catherine (Sgro) Aragonese. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Nov. 16, 1930, in New Haven, professed her first vows in 1932 and professed her perpetual vows in 1937.

Sister Mary Lucy spent most of her more than 70 years of active ministry teaching in elementary schools, at St. Raphael in Bridgeport as well as in Illinois, Missouri and New York. In later years, she was a resource teacher at St. Joseph's School in New York City and taught religious education at parishes in Missouri and Higganum.

She retired in 1991 to Sacred Heart Manor, where she ministered to the clients at the Clelian Adult Day Center until her health no longer enabled her to do so. She then turned her full ministry to prayer.

Sister Mary Lucy was predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Bertha DeVito, Frances Proviano, Rita Rontondo and Nellie Sciullo. She is survived by a sister, Nancy Aragonese of Miami, Fla.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and her religious community.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 12 at the Sacred Heart Manor chapel. Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801.




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.