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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dominican Sister of Peace Charles Marie (Gloria) Brantl died at Mount Carmel East Hospital on Aug. 21, 2014.

She was born on April 30, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Charles and Edna (Muir) Brantl. She also was preceded in death by her brother Leland and her sister Virginia. She is survived by nieces and a nephew.

Sister Charles Marie entered the novitiate of the former Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs in Columbus in 1951 and made her first profession of vows in 1953. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven and received a doctorate in economics from Fordham University. 

Sister Charles Marie was an educator her entire religious life, serving in the Catholic schools in New York. She was a professor of economics at Ohio Dominican College from 1965-76. In addition to teaching, she played a foundational role in establishing men’s intercollegiate athletics, including both basketball and baseball.  For this dedication to Panther Athletics, she was inducted into the Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.

For many years, she also was a trustee at Ohio Dominican University, from which she received an honorary doctorate in 2005.

Sister Charles Marie returned to Albertus Magnus College in 1976, serving as vice president for academic affairs and director of assessment and institutional research. She retired from Albertus in 2011 to perform community service at the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus.

A Mass of Christian Burial  was celebrated Aug. 26 in the chapel at the motherhouse. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery there.

Memorial gifts in Sister Charles Marie’s name may be submitted securely online at or sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219.

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.