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MILFORD – Sister Dorothy Synkewecz, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, died on Aug. 17, 2014, in her Milford home.

Born and raised in Waterbury, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Antoinette (Zeber) Synkewecz. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1951.

Sister Dorothy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Diocesan Sisters’ College in Madison and a Master of Arts degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford. She taught in several schools throughout the state, including in Norwalk and Bridgeport.

She ministered for 27 years at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, in Milford as a religion teacher, pastoral counselor and outreach coordinator. In 2011, the school honored her with its prestigious Claven Award.

Sister Dorothy was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Sturman.

She is survived by a brother,  John Synkewecz of Waterbury, and two  sisters, Sister Mary Alice Synkewecz of the Sisters of Mercy, Hartford, and Carol Synkewecz of Florida; two nieces, a nephew; grandnieces and grandnephews; and her religious community.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Aug. 21 in the chapel at Lauralton Hall. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in West Hartford.

Donations in Sister Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Lauralton Hall Scholarship Fund, 200 High St., Milford, CT 06460; or the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.

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.