August 16, 2018, Honolulu, Hawaii – Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), will speak on the global plight of migrants as she delivers the Mackey Marianist Lecture on September 30 on the Kaimuki campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu. The first woman to head CCUSA, Sister Donna has been involved in responding to the needs of immigrants and migrants, victims of natural disasters, and all people caught in the plight of poverty. Read the article in the Hawaii Catholic Herald.
July 17, 2018, Nogales, Arizona – Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), recently visited the Mexico-United States border at Nogales, Arizona, to listen to the stories of families who had left their homeland to escape the dangers and poverty that they faced at home.
Many who are seeking asylum are facing detention or deportation in the United States. The refugee families are assisted by programs such as the Kino Border Initiative, directed by Father Sean Carroll, SJ, and by Casa Alitas, a family shelter in the Diocese of Tucson.
Sister Donna told Catholic News Service that the experience was “emotionally overwhelming.”
Read the full article from the Catholic News Service and watch a video clip of Sister Donna’s experience from Tucson’s KGUN channel 9 news.