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MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sister Mary Corto, 102, a member of the Religious Teachers Filippini, died on March 20 at St. Joseph Hall of Villa Walsh.

She was born in Hartford and entered the religious community on Aug. 17, 1942. She made her religious profession on Aug. 26, 1945.

Sister Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the Catholic Teachers College in Providence, R.I. She began teaching primary grades in 1943 and taught in schools in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. She also taught in religious education programs. She continued to tutor after retiring from full-time teaching until 2003, when she retired and moved to St. Joseph Hall.

Sister Mary is survived by her sister Theresa and by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Peter Paul and Anna Frio; her brothers, Tom and Anthony, and a niece, Cynthia Guertin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 22 in St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh.

Donations in Sister Mary’s memory may be sent to St. Joseph Hall Infirmary, c/o Sister Betty Jean Takacs, MPF, Mother Superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960-4928.


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.