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ALMA, Mich. – Sister Maureen (Bernadette Elizabeth) McDonald, a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, died March 24.

She was born on Aug. 2, 1920, one of 13 children of John and Jennie McDonald of Kawkawlin, Mich.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Detroit in 1944 and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 16, 1950. A founding member of the Sisters of Mercy of Alma, she contributed greatly to the life and stability of the community until her death.

Sister Maureen graduated in 1941 from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids. She earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from St. Louis University in 1960 and worked in supervisory and administrative positions in hospitals in Michigan.

From 1977-81, Sister Maureen was the administrative supervisor at the Adult Ambulatory Care Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. She had lived in recent years in the convent of the Sisters of Mercy in Bethlehem, where she was an active member of Nativity Parish. until moving to the motherhouse in January 2009.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 31 at the motherhouse chapel. Burial was in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in DeWitt, Mich.

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.