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WORCESTER, Mass. – Sister Hannah Norah Foley, 86, of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, formerly of Julie House Residential Care Home in Windsor, died on April 15, 2014, in the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester, Mass.

She was born in Clydebank, Scotland, a daughter of William and Mary (Ahern) Foley. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Dumbarton, Scotland. and trained as a registered general nurse at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow.

She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1945 and was known in religious life as Sister Stanislaus Julie. From 1948-79, she was a nurse in Notre Dame convents in Scotland and England. In 1980, she became a chaplain at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

In 1983, Sister Hannah moved to Springfield, Mass., where she continued her ministry as a chaplain. From 1986-89, she was a health care administrator for the Sisters of Notre Dame in Fairfield, and then spent the next 10 years as a pastoral minister in Darien.

Sister Hannah leaves two sisters, Ann Tusa of Nutley, N.J., and Rosemary MacLeod of Bloomingdale, N.J.; nieces; nephews; and her religious community. Her brother William predeceased her.

The funeral Mass was celebrated on April 23 at the Notre Dame du Lac Chapel in Worcester. Burial followed in Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery there.

Donations may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 468 Poquonock Ave., Windsor, CT 06095.

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.