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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Rita Lamy (Sister Mary Leonide) of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on April 2, 2015, at St. Mary Home.

The daughter of the late Josephat and Leonida (Matteau) Lamy, she was born July 17, 1927, in Watertown. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Dec. 28, 1946, and professed her religious vows June 28, 1949.

She earned her teaching degree from St. Joseph College, now the University of St. Joseph, and taught at numerous Catholic schools throughout Connecticut’s three dioceses, including at Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison, where she was the principal for almost a decade. She served as principal at St. Mary School in Milford before returning to Madison to take the position of registrar at Mercy Center, a post she held for 11 years. She then coordinated the gift shop at St. Mary Home until her retirement in 2010.

Sister Rita was predeceased by her brothers, Henry and Irving. She is survived by nieces, nephews and her religious community.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 7 in the chapel at St. Mary Home. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery followed. Donations in Sister Rita’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. 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.