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MARYKNOLL, N.Y. – Maryknoll Sister Nancy Donovan died on March 17 at the Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care Unit. She was 78 years old and had been a Maryknoll sister for 60 years.

She was born on June 22, 1932, in Waterbury, a daughter of Elizabeth (Casey) Donovan and James Purtill Donovan. Her parents and her brother James predeceased her.

She graduated in 1950 from Sacred Heart High School and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maryknoll Teachers’ College in 1956. She entered Maryknoll from Sacred Heart Parish in Hartford on Sept. 6, 1950, and professed her final vows on March 7, 1959, in Guatemala.

Sister Nancy worked in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico for almost 40 years, especially with indigenous people. She also spent several years in the United States doing mission education or mission awareness promotion.

She was assigned in 2001 to the Sisters Retirement Community in Monrovia, Calif., and transferred to the Maryknoll Center in 2003 because of her health. She then moved to the residential care community until her death.

Sister Nancy is survived by her three sisters, Irene Girouard of Fayetteville, N.C.; Mary Bennett of Hertford, N.C.; and Betty Garrard of San Jose, Calif.; and other relatives.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 23 in the main chapel of the Maryknoll Sisters Center.





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.