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NEW BRITAIN – Sister Mary Grace (Theresa) Jablonski, a member of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, died on Aug. 15, 2015.

A New Britain native, she grew up in Holy Cross Parish. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Jablonski. She entered the Daughters of Mary on Sept. 12, 1944. Sister Mary Grace received her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She taught locally at Sacred Heart, Holy Angels and St. Paul’s schools, as well as at her order’s parish schools in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She had resided at St. Lucian’s Residence.

Sister Mary Grace is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Ciemiecki of New Britain and Laura Kozak of New Jersey, and by a niece and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Florence Witkowski and Claire Jablonski.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 18, in the chapel of the motherhouse, Marian Heights. Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Donations in Sister Mary Grace’s memory may be made to the Daughters of Mary, 314 Osgood Ave., Suite 408, New Britain, CT 06053.

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.