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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Borromeo Damico (Raffaela Helena Damico), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on March 30 at her community’s provincial house.

Sister Borromeo was 100 years of age and was in her 83rd year of religious life.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1908, in Sterling, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Damato) Damico. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Feb. 15, 1927, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 23, 1932.

Sister Borromeo taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich. Many of her former students visited her in her community’s infirmary, to which she retired several years ago.

In addition to the Sisters of St. Joseph, she is survived by her sister, Evelyn Reitz of Lansing, Ill., and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Pasquale and Cecilio Damico; and five sisters, Elizabeth Thompson, Rose Ricotilli, Annie Zercie, Josephine (Mae) Wood and Helen Moulin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 2 in St. Joseph Chapel in West Hartford. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, 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.