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PUTNAM – Sister Mary Roy, 87, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on March 30, 2015, at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she had resided since August 2010.

She was born July 2, 1928, in Pittsfield, Mass., the daughter of Roger and Amelia (Mercure) Roy. She entered religious life at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam in 1944 and made her religious profession there on Aug. 16, 1948. She was then known as Sister Mary Roger.

She taught on the  elementary level  from 1948-66 in Putnam, Waterbury and West Haven as well as in Gadsden, Ala., and Pittsfield and West Warren, Mass. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1966 and taught middle school in Plainville in 1967. She then taught at Cathedral High School in Bridgeport.

Meanwhile, she earned a Master of Science degree in library science and in 1972 began working part-time in the library at Annhurst College in South Woodstock.

In 1980, she worked as a librarian at Marianhill High School in Southbridge, Mass. In 1983, she returned to Alabama and taught at All Saints School in Anniston. She was engaged in social ministry in Gadsden and Taladega, Ala., from 1989 until her retirement to the provincial house in Putnam in March 2010.

She is survived by her brother Roger Roy of Raynham, Mass., and two nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 1 in the provincial house chapel. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Putnam.

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.