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IMMACULATA, Pa. – Sister Patrick Marie (Rose Kathleen) Doherty, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Oct. 6, 2012, in Camilla Hall, the congregation’s convent and health care center. She was 81 and in the 64th year of her religious life.

Born in Littleton, Colo., she entered her congregation in 1948 and professed her first vows in 1951. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Immaculata University, a Master of Arts degree from Millersville (Pa.) University and a Master of Education degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

She taught in elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Allentown, Pa. She taught in Lima, Peru, for 14 years. Sister Patrick Marie also served in the Hispanic ministry programs of the Diocese of Allentown and Archdiocese of Hartford. For the past 10 years, she served in the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Marriage Tribunal Office.

Sister Patrick Marie moved in August, because of illness, to Camilla Hall, where her ministry consisted of prayer.

Msgr. Thomas M. Ginty, pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Forestville, celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial and preached the homily on Oct. 11 in Camilla Hall. Concelebrants were Father Robert B. Vargo, Father Daniel J. McLearen, Father Alvin LeBlanc and Father John Pahl. Deacons James McCluskey and Richard Wisnieski participated. Burial followed in Immaculata Cemetery.

Besides her community, survivors include nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Patrick and Mary (Logue) Doherty; and siblings John Doherty, Mary Anne Quigley and Francis Doherty.

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.