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HAMDEN – Sister Maria Cecilia Adorni, born Maria Adorni, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died peacefully on Dec. 18, 2011, at Sacred Heart Manor. She was 103 years old..

She was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Feb. 25, 1908, a daughter of the late Bartolomeo and Teresina Torti Adorni. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 15, 1925, in New Haven, and professed her first vows on July 8, 1928, and her perpetual vows on Aug. 22, 1933, in New Haven.

She graduated from St. Dominic High School in Blauvelt, N.Y., and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Mount Mercy (now Carlow) College in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In her 83 years of religious life, Sister Cecilia ministered to schoolchildren, senior citizens and others, including the sisters in her community.

Sister Cecilia served in education at schools in New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri and ministered at St. Donato Parish in New Haven and at a parish in Florida. She also had several assignments as the local superior of her community and school principal. She was a councillor on the Provincial Council from 1961-68.

Sister Cecilia retired in 1988 to Sacred Heart Manor, where she ministered to the clients at the Clelian Center, as well as to her sisters in the community. She also devoted her ministry more fully to prayer.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother John and her sisters Margaret Richitelli and Lena Parente. She is survived by two nieces, Theresa Ornato of Hamden and Florida and Pauline DiGioia of Branford; great-nieces and great-nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and her religious family.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 23 in the chapel at Sacred Heart Manor. Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

Contributions in Sister Cecilia’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801.

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.