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HAMDEN – Sister Claudia Ann Troia, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on June 24 at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden. She was 87.

Sister Claudia Ann, a daughter of the late Vincent and Rosalia (Briguglio) Troia, was born on Sept. 12, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo. She entered her congregation in 1937 in New Haven and professed her first vows in 1940.

Sister Claudia Ann received a degree in education from Mount Mercy College (now Carlo University) in Pittsburgh, Pa. For more than 50 years, she ministered in parishes, elementary schools, nurseries and kindergartens in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri and Connecticut, where she worked at St. Michael School and St. Donato Parish, both in New Haven. In 1993 she became an Apostle Adorer, devoting herself to prayer.

She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Mary Ann Schaefer. She is survived by two cousins, Antoinette Mantia of Ballwin, Mo., and Joseph Troia of Florissant, Mo.; and a nephew, Charles Schaeffer of Belleville, Ill.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 26 in the chapel of Sacred Heart Manor. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

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.