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HARTFORD – Sister Mary Janice May of the Sisters of Mercy died on Nov. 9, 2013 in Hartford.

Born on Aug. 4, 1925, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late John and Sarah (Newton) May, she was baptized Helene Catherine. After high school, she entered the Sisters of Mercy and, that September, was assigned to a classroom. She remained a teacher for 22 years.

She taught grades three through eight in Catholic schools around the state. She also was principal of Our Lady of Mercy Country Day School in Madison and St. Francis School in Torrington. While in Torrington, she also was on the first parish Board of Education in the Archdiocese of Hartford. During the same years, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and a Master of Education degree in administration from Boston College. Later, she did extensive postgraduate studies at St. Joseph College and Fairfield University.

Sister Janice had spent the past 35 years at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Lauralton Hall, in Milford, ministering as a teacher, guidance counselor and admissions director. Since her retirement in 2003, she continued there as a volunteer staff assistant until her move to West Hartford a few months ago.

Lauralton Hall presented Sister Janice with its Mother Mary Augustine Claven Award in 1990.

Preceded in death by three sisters, Evelyn Fritz, Doris May and Janice Landy, Sister Janice is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews and the Mercy community.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 13 in the chapel at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, 200 High St., Milford, CT 06460 or the Sisters of Mercy, 155 East 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.