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MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Filippini Sister Concetta Latina, 89, passed away on July 24, 2015, at St. Joseph Hall at Villa Walsh.

Sister Concetta is survived by her brother, Pasquale Latina of Hartford. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Latina and Paolina (Alasso) Latina, and brother Mario.

Sister Concetta was born and raised in Hartford. She entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1944, and made her religious profession in 1948.

Sister Concetta taught the intermediate grades at St. Anthony School in Bristol and at schools in New Jersey and New York City.

Sister Concetta also was a counselor for the Catholic Welfare Bureau in Trenton, N.J., for 22 years and continued to offer private counseling services to women until her illness prevented it in 2010. In 1951-52, Sister Concetta served in Rome. After 1970, she represented the Province of St. Lucy as both a provincial and general chapter delegate.

In 1990, Sister Concetta was appointed to the Synod Commission in the Trenton Diocese. She was a member of the advisory board of the Center for Religious at St. Clare’s Hospital in Denville, N.J.; and of the Peace of Mind Project, a nonprofit corporation meant to address the needs of the mentally ill.

Sister Concetta was an active member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Pastoral Counselors, the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and the Jesuit Association of Spiritual Directors.

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.