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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Father Louis M. Ouellette, 80, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, died on March 23, 2015, at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

He was born May 26, 1934, in Hartford, a son of the late Anthony and Ruth (Marsden) Ouellette.  He attended Our Lady of Sorrows School and La Salette Seminary High School in Hartford before entering the Missionaries of La Salette Novitiate in Bloomfield in 1954. He professed his first vows on July 2, 1955, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1961, at the La Salette Seminary in Ipswich, Mass.

Following his ordination, Father Ouellette was named professor at the La Salette Seminary in Altamont, N.Y. While there, he continued his graduate studies and received a doctorate in molecular biology in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania. He published many articles about his research and was highly esteemed by his colleagues in the medical science field. Father Ouellette was executive secretary of the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., for several years.

In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father Ouellette is survived by a sister, Ruth Ann Ouellette of Hartford; and five brothers, Anthony of Southington, William of Enfield, Richard and John of West Hartford and Jerry of Simsbury; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated March 30 Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Hartford.  Burial was in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.

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.