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NEW BRITAIN – Sister Mary Virginia (Emily) Stefanowicz, 94, a member of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, died on Jan. 14, 2014. A native of Harrison, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Sophie Stefanowicz.

She entered the Daughters of Mary on Oct. 23, 1933. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and a Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America.

Sister Mary Virginia taught locally at Sacred Heart School and the former Mary Immaculate Academy, as well as in the order’s parish schools in New Jersey. She also served as an organist in her religious community and in local parishes. In her later years, Sister Mary Virginia assisted at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor.

She is survived by her niece, Maria Fillipone of Union Beach, N.J. She was predeceased by her brother Walter.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 14 in the chapel of the motherhouse, Marian Heights. Burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery followed.

Memorial donations may be made to the Daughters of Mary, 314 Osgood Ave., Suite No. 408, New Britain, CT 06053.

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.