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MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Sister Rose Schimizzi, a member of Religious Teachers Filippini, died on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19, 2015, at St. Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, Morristown, at age 92.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 23 at the St. Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh. Interment was in Ave Maria Cemetery.

Predominantly a middle school teacher, Sister Rose taught at St. Anthony School in Bristol, as well as at schools in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. She also was a principal and superior at several schools in New Jersey.

Sister Rose was born and raised in Watkins Glen, N.Y. She entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1940, and made her religious profession in 1944. Sister Rose was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from St. John’s University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Master of Arts degree from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

Sister Rose retired at Villa Walsh in 2007 and moved to St. Joseph Hall Infirmary in 2011.

Sister Rose was predeceased by her parents, Francis Schimizzi and Frances Calabria; brothers Dominic Schimizzi and Father Pasquale Schimizzi; and sisters Pauline Henderson, Elizabeth Sabatini, and Josephine Schimizzi of Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Filippini Sister Mary Schimizzi.

She is survived by a sister, Filippini Sister Catherine Schimizzi, of Villa Walsh, and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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.