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ENFIELD – Felician Sister Mary Evangeline Lupinski, 84, died on May 22 in Holy Family Infirmary in Enfield.

She was born in Florida, N.Y., to Casimir and Stella (Dabrowska) Lupinski, and was named Cecilia.

She entered the juniorate of the Felician Sisters in Lodi, N.J., after grade school. She entered the postulancy in 1943 in Enfield and made her first profession of vows in 1945. In 1951, Sister Evangeline pronounced her perpetual vows.

Sister Evangeline earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Catholic Teachers College in Providence, R.I. She ministered for more than 50 years as a teacher, including five years in São Paulo, Brazil. She also taught in the Archdioceses of Hartford and Boston; and dioceses of Norwich; Albany, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; and Springfield and Worcester, Mass.

She also ministered locally in Hartford, Simsbury and Windsor.

After her retirement from teaching in 1997, she continued working part-time as a math tutor. Since 2005, she had been engaged in ministry at St. Stanislaus Parish, in Amsterdam, N.Y.

Sister Evangeline moved to Holy Family Infirmary in March.

In addition to her parents, preceding her in death were five brothers, Walter, John, Bernard, Stanley and Ignatius; and two sisters, Eva Lupinski, and Jean Quinn. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 26 in the chapel of Our Lady of the Angels Provincial House.

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.