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MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sister Dolores Vitale, a member of the Religious Teachers Filippini, died on Dec. 19, 2013, at St. Joseph Hall. She was 85.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 23 at St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh. Interment followed at Ave Maria Cemetery.

She was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She entered the Religious Teachers Filippini on June 22, 1949, and made her religious profession on Aug. 17, 1953.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Notre Dame College in Cleveland.

She taught kindergarten at St. Sebastian School in Middletown from 1951-52 and grades one and two at St. Anthony in Bristol from 1955-58.

She taught first grade for more than 30 years in elementary schools in the archdioceses of Newark, Philadelphia and New York, and in the dioceses of Brooklyn and Scranton, as well.

For 10 years, Sister Dolores took care of her mother while continuing to teach religion classes and earning a certificate in pastoral care ministry from Notre Dame College.

Sister Dolores was later involved in pastoral care at several parishes in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In 2008, she became a resident of St. Joseph Hall Infirmary at Villa Walsh.

Sister Dolores is survived by a niece and nephew. She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Theresa (Delsanter) Vitale.

Donations in memory of Sister Dolores may be sent to St. Joseph Hall, c/o Sister Ascenza Tizzano, MPF, Provincial Superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960-4912.

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.