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MARYKNOLL, N.Y. – Maryknoll Sister Elizabeth Donahue, a native of Waterbury, died on Jan. 10, 2014, at Maryknoll Sisters Home Care IV in Maryknoll. She was 89.

A memorial Mass for Sister Elizabeth was celebrated on Feb. 10 at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1924, in Waterbury, the daughter of the late John and Loretta Murphy Donahue. She entered Maryknoll at the motherhouse in Maryknoll on Sept. 4, 1948, and made her final vows in Manila, the Philippines, on March 7, 1954.

Sister Elizabeth graduated from schools in Waterbury before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., in 1946, a Master of Arts degree in social psychology from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines in 1963 and a doctorate in educational psychology from Fordham University in the Bronx.

Sister Elizabeth first worked in the congregation’s Mission Awareness Office, from 1948-53. She then was sent overseas for the first time, to teach at Maryknoll College in Quezon City, the Philippines, from 1953-65.

She then returned to the motherhouse, where she taught at Mary Rogers College in Maryknoll until 1970. She then spent three years as the central personnel director for the congregation before being appointed as director of enrollment for Maryknoll School of Theology in 1974.

From 1990-2002, Sister Elizabeth spent time at the former Immaculate Conception Parish in Hartford, caring for family members, helping plan the parish’s 150th anniversary celebration, coordinating its eucharistic adoration program and working with groups of children who suffered losses through divorce, separation or death. She retired to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll in 2002.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 16 in Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. Burial was in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery at Maryknoll.

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.