LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Retired Bishop Andrew J. McDonald of the Diocese of Little Rock died April 1 at St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Palatine, Ill. He was 90.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock April 8, followed by interment in the cathedral crypt.
Bishop McDonald served the Catholic Church for 65 years. He was a priest of the Diocese of Savannah, Ga., ministering there from 1948 to 1972, and was bishop of Little Rock from 1972 to 2000, when he retired.
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 31 at St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville for Deacon Ronald J. Bachista. Deacon Bachista died March 24. He was 76.
Born in Bonne Terre, Mo., he married the former Mary Kay Piazza in 1963. They had two children, Kathy and the late Anna Marie. Mary Kay died in 2000.
Deacon Bachista was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate, on Jan. 31, 1987, by the late Archbishop John L. May. He was assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville and served that parish for his entire ministry, retiring in December 2005.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis praised the dedication of the retired patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, 86, who died April 8 in a hospital in San Diego, according to the California-based Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle.
In a telegram of condolence to Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Pope Francis recalled "with deep gratitude the late patriarch's dedication to his people and to the promotion of respectful, just and peaceful relations with followers of other religious traditions."
A funeral Mass was celebrated March 20 at Sacred Heart Manor Chapel in Hamden, Conn., for Sister Rose Marie Traficanti, an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who was a retired educator.
Sister Rose Marie, 98, died March 17, at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven, Conn. Born in Pittsburgh, she entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in New Haven in 1933. She professed her first vows in 1935 in New Haven and her perpetual vows there in 1941. She received a bachelor's degree in social studies from Fordham University in New York.
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 1 at Teresian House in Albany, N.Y., for Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Ana Rita Hernández, who served her community in St. Charles from 1998 to 2002.
Sister Hernández, 90, died March 29 after a brief illness.
Born in Caqueza, Colombia, she attended school only for a few years but taught herself to read not only Spanish, but English and some French and Italian as well. She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1944. She made her first vows in 1947 and her final profession in 1953, all in Bogotá.