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WEST HARTFORD – Sister of Mercy M. Leo Joseph Devine died on Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Mary Home.

She was born on May 1, 1925, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late Peter and Margaret (Doherty) Devine. After two years of study at the University of Connecticut, she entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 27, 1945, and professed religious vows on Jan. 2, 1948. She completed her degree at St. Joseph College in West Hartford and went on to earn a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in higher education, both from Boston College.

She taught in Catholic elementary and high schools throughout the state for 17 years before she was appointed as assistant dean of the Diocesan Sisters College in Madison. She also served as dean of the graduate school at St. Joseph College, now called the University of St. Joseph.

She then ministered as the assistant administrator and director of human resources at St. Mary Home until her retirement in 1996.

Sister Leo Joseph was predeceased by her brother William Devine and her sister Margaret McDonald. She is survived by nieces, friends and the Mercy community.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 5 in the chapel of St. Mary Home. Burial followed the next day in St. Mary Cemetery.

Contributions in Sister Leo Joseph’s name may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.

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.