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HOLYOKE, Mass. – Sister Dolores A. Fortier, 82, a member of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, passed away on Sept. 20, 2011, at Holyoke Hospital.

The daughter of Blanche A. (Marcoux) and Leoodore Fortier of Bristol, she was raised in Bristol and attended St. Ann School. She graduated from Bristol High School in 1947 and attended St. Joseph College in West Hartford.

She entered her religious community in 1948 in Quebec, Canada, and after two years was sent to the missions of Africa.

She spent the next 60 years serving in many capacities as a missionary in Algeria, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Most recently, she had done social work in Mombassa, Kenya, placing children whose parents had died from AIDS with family or foster parents.

She then retired to Providence Place in Holyoke, where she ministered to other residents.

Sister Dolores is survived by her brother Jim, her community in Providence; nieces Christopher and Mark; nieces Laurie, Mary and Jennifer; and many cousins. She was predeceased by her brothers, Gerard and Francis.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 23 at Providence Place. Burial followed in the sisters’ cemetery at Providence Place.

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.