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NEW BRITAIN – Sister Mary Agatha Moran (Mary Bridget Moran) a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Jan. 1, 2016, at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor.

 Born in the Saugatuck section of Westport on June 13, 1917, she was a daughter of the late John Moran and Nora (Gleeson) Moran. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Nov. 1, 1939, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1945. She was 98 years of age and had been in religious life for 76 years.

Sister Agatha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education at the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a Master of Science degree in library science at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

She was a teacher, principal and librarian in several elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Bridgeport. She was also a librarian for many years at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol and at the Sisters of St. Joseph Library in West Hartford.

Sister Agatha served on the executive board of the Connecticut Catholic Library Association, and at varied times, as its treasurer, vice chair and chair.

She was predeceased by her brothers, John, Thomas and Edward Moran; and a sister, Evelyn Foglio. She is survived by her religious community, a nephew and three nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 5 in St. Joseph Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in West Hartford. Interment followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT 06119. 

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.