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Sister Mary Olivia Murray (Mary Brigid Murray), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor in New Britain on March 1, 2017. She was 103 years of age and had been in religious life for 62 years.

Sister Olivia was born in County Meath, Ireland on May 31, 1913, the daughter of the late James Murray and Ellen Walsh Murray. Sister Olivia entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 1, 1954, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on March 1, 1962.

Sister Olivia worked at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield for a number of years and then was the sacristan in the chapel at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. When she retired to the provincial house of her community, Sister Olivia continued as sacristan.

Sister Olivia is predeceased by her brothers Michael and Andrew Murray. She is survived by her sisters the in community, friends and many cousins, particularly Rita Powers and Father Robert Powers.

Father Powers celebrated Sister Olivia's funeral Mass on March 6 in the chapel of the community's convent on Park Road in West Hartford. Burial followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Donations in Sister Olivia's memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Provincial Office, 650 Willard Ave., 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.