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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Elizabeth Marie Fitzpatrick (Sister Mary Bernard), of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died on Sept. 12, 2011.

Born July 14, 1929, in Springfield, Mass., she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Smith) Fitzpatrick. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1955, and was professed on June 28, 1958.

Sister Elizabeth is survived locally by her brother Thomas of Hartford and cousin Donald Fay of Vernon. She was predeceased by her sister Joan Costello.

Sister Elizabeth graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and a Master of Arts degree from Boston College.

She taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Harford, including St. Joseph Cathedral School in Hartford, Lauralton Hall in Milford, South Catholic High School in Hartford, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in New Britain and the Diocesan Teachers College in Madison.

She also taught at Mercy High School in Middletown and St. Mary High School in Greenwich.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 15 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. Burial the next day was at St. Mary Cemetery. Donations in Sister Elizabeth Marie’s name may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.

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.