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MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sister Mary Fattorusso, a member of the Religious Teachers Filippini, passed away on Nov. 9, 2014, at Morristown Medical Center. She was 93.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 14 at the St. Lucy Chapel, Villa Walsh, Morristown. Interment was at Ave Maria Cemetery.

Born in Newark, N.J., Sister Mary entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1935. She received the habit in 1937, and made her religious profession in 1940.

Sister Mary was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Seton Hall University.

For many years, Sister Mary mainly taught junior high in New Jersey and Connecticut schools, including Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Meriden, St. Patrick-St. Anthony in Hartford, St. Anthony in Bristol and St. Sebastian in Middletown. Sister Mary was pastoral minister at several parishes in Rhode Island and Connecticut. She also served as the superior of her community in Bristol, R.I.

She retired at Villa Walsh in 2007 and resided at St. Joseph Hall Infirmary.

Sister Mary is the daughter of the late Louis Fattorusso and Assunta (Toscano) Fattorusso. She was predeceased by her brothers John, James and Al Fattorusso, and sister Mildred Fattorusso. She is survived by her sister Irene Ferrara of Berkeley Heights and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Donations in memory of Sister Mary Fattorusso may be mailed to St. Joseph Hall, c/o Sister Ascenza Tizzano, MPF, Provincial Superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.

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.