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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Sister Patricia Scherer
Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa

Lighting the Way for Refugees

For refugees arriving in the United States, Sister Patricia Scherer is a welcome sight. Like a guiding light, she has helped thousands of people from Europe, Asia and Africa settle into a new life in their adopted home. While basic needs (like housing and employment) are a large part of Sister Scherer’s ministry, it is her spiritual support that has brought about real change. She has suffered with the refugees, taking their burdens onto her own heart and helping them heal in this country. Thanks to her gentle, loving witness, thousands of people have been baptized. She has invited them into a bustling parish life at St. Ambrose Cathedral, creating a new sense of community among the refugees. Although Sister Scherer is now retired, she remains actively involved in refugee ministry.

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