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MADISON – Janet Roche Ford of Madison died on June 15, 2011, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past nine years.

She was the mother of Father Christopher M. Ford, Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Branford; Stephen I. Ford of West Grove, Pa.; Peter J. Ford of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and John J. Ford of Oakland, Calif. She had eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry, and her sister, Anita K. Roche.

Born on May 24, 1919, in Hartford, she was a daughter of the late Dr. John J. and Kathryn (Farrell) Roche.

She attended St. Joseph College in West Hartford, and worked for the city of Hartford in the Town Clerk's office prior to her marriage on Oct. 29, 1949.

She was very involved in the parishes in which she resided, serving as president of the Ladies Guild at St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham, Mass.; cantor, choir member, member of the first parish pastoral council and founder of a group for seniors at St. Paul Parish in Ramsey, N.J.; and the first coordinator for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and a member of a Small Christian Community at St. Margaret Parish in Madison.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 20 at St. Mary Church in Branford. Burial was at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Donations in Mrs. Ford’s memory may be made to St. Mary Parish, 731 Main St., Branford, CT 06405.

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.