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WOLCOTT – Helen M. (Stack) Donahue, 80, formerly of Wolcott, died on Oct. 15, 2012, at Bradley Memorial Hospital in Southington.

She was the widow of Robert G. Donahue, who died on July 12, 2008. Mrs. Donahue is survived by three sons, Father Aidan N. Donahue, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Milford, Sean R. Donahue of Waterbury and Michael P. Donahue of Avon; and three daughters, Margaret M. Griffin of Simsbury, Anne Crouse of Southington and Mary Kate Nadile of Southington. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren, Caitlin, Meaghan, Samuel, Aidan, Katherine, Olivia, Paul Richard, Emily, Katherine, Robert and Sarah; and a brother, T. Francis Stack of Suffield.

She was predeceased by her infant daughter Sheila; her brothers Father John J. Stack and Nicholas S. Stack; her sisters Marguerite Mastropietro and Theresa Stack; and her grandson, Cameron Donahue.

Mrs. Donahue was born on Oct. 8, 1932, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret (McMahon) Stack. She graduated from Waterbury Catholic High School in 1950 and St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She worked as a staff nurse and then for many years as a private duty nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Father Donahue celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Oct. 19 at St. Dominic Church in Southington. Burial followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Watertown.


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.