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Catholic nun receives award for rural advocacy

March 19, 2011
The Advertiser-Tribune
Sister Ellen Lamberjack (center), Sisters of St. Francis, Tiffin, is the recipient of the Edwin Vincent O’Hara Advocacy Award given by National Catholic Rural Life Conference. The award honors a leader who is an advocate for rural communities and social justice in the spirit and tradition of Archbishop O’Hara, who founded NCRLC in 1923.
“We are certainly proud of Sister Ellen for her dedication to the rural people of northwest Ohio,” said Sister Edna Michel, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis leadership team. “She has a long history of love for and service to the immigrant community, which so beautifully exemplifies the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare.”
Lamberjack is the director of Project Hope-Proyecto Esperanza, which provides legal services to immigrants in northwestern Ohio, specifically in Fulton, Henry, Williams and Defiance counties. Project Hope is a collaborative effort of the Sisters of St. Francis, Zion Mennonite Church and Immigrant Worker Project. She also serves as a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative, which lets her represent foreign nationals before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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