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WILTON – Sister Mary Grace (Helen Cecilia) Bean, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Sept. 25, 2013, at Lourdes Health Care Center at age 98. She had been in religious life for 83 years.

She was born on March 28, 2015, in Great Mills, Md., a daughter of the late James Alphonsus Bean and Daisy Agnes (Hebb) Bean. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on June 25, 1930, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1936.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and reading from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford, and a master’s degree in education and religion from Fairfield University. She also attended the classes for Catholic teachers in Providence, R.I., for several summers.

Sister Mary Grace taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, including at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Hartford for 20 years. She then taught for 20 years in Ridge, Md. She taught for a total of 54 years. She also cooked for her religious community in Ridge for six years before moving to the provincial house in Wilton in 2000.

In addition to her parents, Sister Mary Grace was predeceased by her sisters, Ann Marie Bean, Inez McConnell, Beatrice A. Newbold, Henrietta Moffatt and Mildred Jurovaty; and her brothers, James F., Joseph L., William B. and Lawrence H. Bean. She is survived by her religious community; two sisters, Evelyn Norris and Dolores Pinno; Sister of St. Joseph Rosalie Bean, a cousin; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 28 in St. Joseph Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in Wilton. Interment followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery there. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119; or Saint Michael’s School, 16560 Three Notch Rd., Ridge, MD 20680.

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.