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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary (Eleanor Frances) Crowley, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died on March 13, 2013, at St. Mary Home.

She was born in the Pawcatuck section of Westerly, R.I., on May 28, 1922, a daughter of the late Fred and Alice (Donnelly) Crowley. After several years of employment, she entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 24, 1942, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, and made her profession of religious vows on June 28, 1945.

Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in religion from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vt. She taught in elementary schools throughout Connecticut until 1979, when she changed direction and served as a pastoral associate and director of religious education at St. Mary Parish in East Hartford. She then became the office manager at St. Elizabeth House in Hartford, and then business manager and bookkeeper at McAuley House in Providence, R.I. She returned to Connecticut in 2000 as an accounting clerk at Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford, where she remained until her retirement in 2006.

Sister Mary is survived by her brother Charles, of Pawcatuck; many nieces and nephews; and her religious community. She was predeceased by her sisters, Eleanor Crowley and Elizabeth C. Gervasini, and her brothers Francis, James and Joseph Crowley.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 25 in the chapel of St. Mary Home. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial donations in Sister Mary’s name may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 155 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111 or Outreach Haiti, 199 Broadway, Norwich, CT 0636

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.