Sister Eleanor Reunites Immigrant Families – She dreamed of entering the Foreign Service. But in the early 1960s, women weren’t admitted to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Undeterred, she sought another path.  She became a novitiate at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.  Embracing their mission of social justice on an international scale, she has spent decades advocating for the disadvantaged.   Three years ago, drawn to organization’s soup-to-nuts approach to immigration services, she joined the IIIC.

Sister Eleanor’s blend of empathy, knowledge, tenacity, and resourcefulness makes a difference.The Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) has supported Irish immigrants since 1989 working to help people enter an integrated society with respect, dignity and equal opportunities.

People arrive, often against tremendous odds, and they get to work. They understand education is key to making their way in this new country. “Parents come in to the IIIC with their children, who carry their school books.” Sister Eleanor points to the table. “And they study.”  With perseverance, a strong work ethic, and Sister Eleanor at their side, these immigrant families continually revitalize America.

Read about her great work in the 2011 Summer Newsletter from the IIIC 

Tags: , , , ,