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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Forster (Sister Mary Agnese), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Nov. 2 at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. She was 95 years old and had been in religious life for 72 years.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1919, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late John Thomas Forster and Mary Ann White Forster.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of West Hartford on Feb. 23, 1942, and celebrated her profession of vows on Aug. 23, 1947.

Sister Mary received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education/English from Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in administration from Fairfield University. She taught in several elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and Diocese of Bridgeport. She was also principal of several schools, including Our Lady of Sorrows in Hartford, St. Joseph in New Britain and St. Lawrence in West Haven.

In addition to her religious community, Sister Mary is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Edna Atwood and Agnes Coughlin and her brother John L. Forster.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 5 in St. Joseph Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

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.