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Leads Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Immigration Reform

Chicago, IL (February 26, 2007)—Ms. Elena Segura, Director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform, recently earned, in less than two week’s time, the CCHD’s Outstanding Diocesan Director Award and the Association of Chicago Priests’ Cardinal Bernardin Common Ground Award.

With Mr. Jimmy Lago, Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Chicago in attendance, Segura received the Outstanding Diocesan Director Award on Friday, February 9, at the CCHD's Annual Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. The award honors the daily and often unsung efforts of the men and women who serve in their dioceses for their effective service and long-term work on behalf of the CCHD.

Segura was presented with the award by Timothy Collins, Executive Director of the CCHD, who noted that she "follows in the long line of Bishops, priests, religious and lay people whose service has helped to advance and deepen the mission and programs of the CCHD in Chicago. Since 2000, she has worked creatively and tirelessly, day in and day out, to further the three-fold mission of fundraising, grant-making and education. Her commitment to social justice and Catholic Social Teaching is so much a reflection of who she is in our Church."

On Sunday, February 18, Segura's work as director of the Archdiocese's Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform (CCIR) was recognized at the Association of Chicago Priests (ACP) annual Mardi Gras party at St. Ignatius High School on Chicago's near west side. Segura was given the Cardinal Bernardin Common Ground Award for "her work in bringing people together across the Archdiocese around the issue of immigration," according to Fr. Jason Malave, ACP Chairman and Pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish on Chicago's northwest side.

Throughout 2006, Segura played a key role in launching Priests for Justice for Immigrants, a group of 120 Archdiocesan priests who support the CCIR's efforts for respectful and comprehensive immigration reform that recognizes the dignity of every human being and protects the dignity and unity of families. Many priests in the group lead parishes with large Hispanic, Polish, Irish and African communities in Cook and Lake counties.

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