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WILTON – Sister Mary Elizabeth (Sister Mary Maurice) Harrington, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on March 3, 2014, at Lourdes Health Care Center at age 88. She had been in religious life for 69 years.

She was born in Providence, R.I., on Sept. 17, 1925, a daughter of the late James Stephen and Eileen Monica (Varley) Harrington. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 10, 1945, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 24, 1951.

Sister Marybeth, as she was known, received a Bachelor of Science and education degree from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in chemistry and math from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She also earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y.

Sister Marybeth taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and then for 11 years at St. Michael School in Ridge, Md. After returning to Connecticut, she became one of the founders of St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. She also started the Rocket Club as head of that school’s science department.

Sister Marybeth also ministered as a principal and teacher at Catholic schools and as a computer consultant, all in Stamford.

In addition to her religious community, Sister Marybeth is survived by her brother, Thomas Harrington; her sister, Maureen Braddock; and several nieces and nephews. Sister Marybeth was predeceased by her sisters, Nancy Baran and June Hannigan; and her brother, James Harrington.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 6 in St. Joseph Chapel at the provincial house. Burial was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

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.