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HAMDEN – Sister M. Laurentine LaGrutta, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on Jan. 17, 2014, at Sacred Heart Manor.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Anthony and Maria Petrocelli LaGrutta. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in New Haven on Dec. 31, 1940, professed her first vows in New Haven on Aug. 24, 1943, and professed her perpetual vows in New Haven on Aug 23, 1949.

Sister Laurentine began her ministry as a teacher at St. Joseph School in New York. Thereafter, she taught at St. Anthony and St. Donato schools in New Haven; St. Raphael in Bridgeport, and Sacred Heart Manor Nursery and Kindergarten in Hamden, as well as in California, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Sister Laurentine retired in 2008 to Sacred Heart Manor, where she ministered to elderly and ill members of her order and, later, in prayer.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters Maria LaGrutta and Theresa Ciarlo. She is survived by her sister, Sister Electa LaGrutta of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as by nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and her religious community.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 20 in the chapel at the manor.

Burial in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven followed. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801.

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.