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WILTON – Sister Mary Antoine Daniel Knipfing, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, died on June 15, 2012, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton. She had been a school teacher, school principal, administrator and parish minister in four states over five decades.

She was 100 years old and in her 80th year of religious life.

Elizabeth Ann Knipfing was born on Nov. 11, 1911, in Westbury, N.Y., a daughter of Michael John and Anna Marie (Leist) Knipfing. She graduated in 1929 from St. Saviour High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame, given the name Mary Antoine Daniel.

Sister Antoine earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1949 from Notre Dame of Maryland University, and she earned a master’s degree in 1966 from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

She professed her first vows in 1932 and taught in Baltimore and Catonsville, Md.

In 1940, she moved to Meriden, where she taught at St. Mary School for nine years before becoming the principal, a position she held until 1966. She also was principal of St. Stephen School in Trumbull.

Sister Antoine also taught in New Jersey and New York.

She formally retired in 2000 to Villa Notre Dame in Wilton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 21 in the chapel at Villa Notre Dame. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel.

Sister Antoine is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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.