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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Robert (Ann Lillian) Eshoo, 93, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, for 72 years, died on March 9, 2011, at the order’s provincial house.

She was born on Feb. 19, 1918, in New Britain, a daughter of the late Pius Eshoo and Alice (Lazar) Eshoo. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 9, 1939, and celebrated her profession of perpetual vows on Dec. 29, 1944.

Sister Mary Robert received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and art from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington. She extended her art knowledge by touring art centers in six European countries and Iran.

She taught in elementary and secondary school in the Archdiocese of Hartford for 31 years and then taught art at Marymount College and Mercy College in New York and at various correctional facilities in New York. She was an assistant professor in the Fine Arts Department at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., from 1979-94, and then was the art consultant at St. Joseph Medical Center in Yonkers until her retirement in 2003.

Sister Mary Robert was an accomplished artist who displayed her art in approximately 13 art shows. She gave art lectures to professional groups and also did paintings and portraits for private collections. Her paintings are displayed in the provincial house.

Sister Mary Robert's professional memberships included the Franciscan Community for the Arts in New York, Catholic Fine Arts Society of New England, Connecticut Art Education Association, Bristol Art League and West Hartford Art League.

Sister Mary Robert was predeceased by a brother, Joel Eshoo; a sister, Emma Dodson; and a cousin. She is survived by her religious community and a brother, Robert Eshoo.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 12 in the provincial house chapel. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph 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.