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HAMDEN – Sister Rose Marie Traficanti, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on March 17, 2014, at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven at age 98.

She was born on Dec. 4, 1915, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Michael and Raffaela Cesta Traficanti. She entered her order in New Haven in 1933, professed her first vows in 1935 and made her perpetual vows in 1941.

Sister Rose Marie received a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Fordham University in New York.

Sister Rose Marie taught and served as administrator in schools throughout the country for 62 years, including three years at St. Anthony School in New Haven, seven years at St. Michael School in New Haven, five years at St. Raphael Schoo1 in Bridgeport, 11 years at Sacred Heart Private School in the Bronx and 20 years in the Morning Star program in Pinellas Park, Fla. She also ministered in Rhode Island and Missouri.

Sister Rose Marie retired to Sacred Heart Manor in 1997, participating in activities at the Clelian Adult Day Center, and concentrating on a ministry of prayer.

She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Anthony, Mauro and Joseph; and sisters, Mary and Cora. She is survived by nieces, nephews and her religious community.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on March 20 in the Sacred Heart Manor chapel. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514.

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.