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ENFIELD – Hermine M. (Richard) LeBlanc, 94, widow of Neri J. LeBlanc, died on Nov. 13, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Residence.

She was born in St. Paul de Kent, New Brunswick, Canada, on June 18, 1920, and was one of 10 children of the late Amedee and Sarah (Legere) Richard. She lived in New Brunswick before moving to Hartford, where she lived for several years. She also lived in Newington and Tolland before moving to St. Joseph’s Residence in 2000.

Mrs. LeBlanc is survived by three sons and a daughter: Father Alvin J. LeBlanc, pastor of St. Ann Church in Bristol and a member of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Marriage Tribunal; Donald J. LeBlanc of Las Vegas, Nev.; Aris J. LeBlanc of South Windsor; and Theresa M. Paprzyca of Hebron.

Survivors also include six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Father LeBlanc celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Nov. 20 at St. Ann Church.

Interment in Mount St. Benedict Mausoleum in Bloomfield followed.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Residence, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082, or to St. Ann Church Memorial Fund, 180 Laurel St., Bristol, CT 06010.

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.