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mannionSister Grace Mannion (Grace Anne) of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on Thursday October 19, 2017, at St. Mary Home, West Hartford, after a prolonged illness.

Born in Danbury on October 29, 1931, she was the daughter of the late James J. and Grace (Cassidy) Mannion. She was raised in Danbury, and entered entered the Sisters of Mercy on July1, 1949, professing her vows on June 28, 1952. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, Sister Grace taught for 14 years in several Catholic schools throughout the diocese of Bridgeport and the Hartford Archdiocese before pursuing a Master of Arts degree from St. Joseph College, now the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.

She taught English in local Catholic high schools prior to her transition to direct the Mercy initiative inviting and involving the laity to participate through voluntary annual covenant and commitment as partner Associates, called Extended Mercy, to forward the spiritual and active ministries of the Sisters of Mercy. She remained as the director from its 1995 origins until her recent retirement, when she volunteered continuing service.

She was predeceased by her parents and only sister, Mary. She is survived by several cousins and her community of the Sisters of Mercy. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at University of St. Joseph Connor Chapel at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 25. Calling hours will begin at 3 p.m. Burial will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations in Sister Grace’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 25 Prescott St. West Hartford, CT 06110.

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.