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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Jeanne Jackson, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community, died on Dec. 29, 2014.

She was born in New Haven on Dec. 1, 1927, a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Gray) Jackson. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of New Rochelle and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois before embarking on a career in education in the public school system in Urbana, Ill.

She co-founded and directed a pre-school in Urbana before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1976. Sister Jeanne professed religious vows on March 2, 1980, and continued teaching in New Britain, Greenwich and Waterbury.

She also briefly served as the associate program director at Mercy Center in Madison. After earning a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, Sister Jeanne ministered as director of religious education and outreach ministries for the Diocese of Norwich.

Upon retiring in 1997, she remained engaged in several volunteer capacities, including that of receptionist at Mercyknoll.

In addition to her religious community, Sister Jeanne is survived by her sister, Nancy Grote of New Hampshire, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 2 in the chapel of St. Mary Home. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery.

Donations in Sister Jeanne’s memory may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 East 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.