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WEST HARTFORD – Sister of Mercy Louis Miriam Kocsis died on Sept. 16, 2014.

She was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Torrington, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Pustinger) Kocsis. After high school, she was employed by the Torrington Co. before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1954. Three years later, after professing her vows, she ministered at Highland Heights in New Haven for 16 years, first as office manager and later as administrator and teaching assistant.

She also ministered in the business department at Mercyknoll and at Lauralton Hall in Milford. She also was a special education teaching assistant for the Milford Board of Education before joining the support staff at St. Mary School in Milford.

Sister Louis was predeceased by seven siblings. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and her religious community.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 22 in the chapel at St. Mary Home. She was buried the next day in St. Mary Cemetery.

Donations in her name may be sent to 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.