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NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Sister Louise (Mary Patricia) Synan, of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died on June 4, 2014, at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh at age 83.

Sister Louise taught at St. Bernadette School in New Haven from 1957-60.

Sister Louise professed her final vows in August 1957. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history from the College of the Sacred Heart in Fall River and her Master of Science degree in guidance from Bridgewater State Teachers’ College.

Sister Louise began her ministry as an elementary teacher in Fall River. She then taught at St. Bernadette; then in Plattsburgh, N.Y., from 1960-63. She taught and served as principal and guidance counselor at schools in Fall River and Taunton, Mass., until 1999.

Between 1970-92, Sister Louise also served on the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters and was a representative of her order on the Dominican Academy Alumnae Board. She was secretary for admissions at Coyle & Cassidy High School in Taunton from 2000-03, and personal care and religious lifestyle coordinator for the Dominican Sisters infirmary from 2003-05.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on June 10 in the chapel in the Dominican Center on the campus of Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh.

Donations in Sister Louise’s memory may be made to The Dominican Sisters of Hope, Development Office, 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, N.Y. 10562-2327. 

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.