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WILTON – Sister Vernice (Mary Angelus) Molinari, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on March 26, 2013, at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton. She was 83.

She was born on May 24, 1929, in Greenwich, a daughter of the late Angelo Mario Molinari and Angeline Mary (Judice) Molinari.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 8, 1948, and professed her religious vows on Aug. 24, 1954.

Sister Vernice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the Diocesan Teachers College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in education as a reading consultant from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.

She taught in the Archdiocese of Hartford and Bridgeport Diocese for a number of years, followed by four years as a teacher in the Reading Lab at Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford.

In 1977, Sister Vernice founded the Cedar Court School at her community’s provincial house in West Hartford, where she remained as principal until 1998.

Survivors include her religious community; her sisters Marguerite Roberts and Patricia Fomenko; two aunts; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Theodore and Lou F. Molinari; and a sister, Dominica (Donnie) Molinari.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 3 in St. Joseph Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford. Burial was to take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.


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.