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WILTON – Sister Catherine Marie O’Donnell, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 67 years, died on Nov. 24 at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton. She was 87.

She was born on March 16, 1925, in Medford, Mass., a daughter of the late Patrick and Katherine (Kelly) O’Donnell. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School in Malden, Mass., in 1942 and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She made her final vows in 1951.

She was principal of St. Mary School in Meriden, where she stayed from 1970-86. She then taught for two years at St. John the Evangelist in Watertown before moving to the former motherhouse in Wilton. She retired to the Lourdes Health Care Center in 1991.

Sister Catherine Marie also taught or was a principal at grade schools in Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey and New York.

Sister Catherine Marie earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1952 from what is today Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She earned a master’s degree in education from Boston College in 1961.

Sister Catherine Marie is survived by two sisters, Charlotte Reilly of Waltham, Mass., and School Sister of Notre Dame Miriam Patrick O’Donnell, who lives at Lourdes Health Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 27 at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel.

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.