The Very Busy Life of an Immigrants’ Rights Priest in 2018

Father Piedra with Jose Sidoa, a client. (Photo Credit: Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times)

(New York, USA) Father Ruskin Piedra, CSsR,  a Redemptorist Priest from the Baltimore Province, runs a legal aid centre in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where he fights against the deportation of his clients. The work that he has been doing has become more challenging lately. “The New York Times” has published an article written by Fabrice Robinet, about Fr Piedra on Nov. 8, 2018.

“Father Ruskin, 84, can often be found at the New York City Immigration Court in downtown Manhattan, where the Cuban-American priest defends people facing deportation or seeking asylum in the United States.

In 2003, he founded the Juan Neumann Center, a nonprofit that provides affordable immigration legal services to the community of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Its headquarters are on the second floor of a building owned by Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a Roman Catholic church where Father Piedra also delivers Mass every afternoon.

Sunset Park has gone through a demographic transformation over the past 50 years, shifting from a majority Irish, Italian and Scandinavian neighbourhood to one that is predominantly Hispanic and Chinese.

In the process, Our Lady of Perpetual Help has made some adjustments. For its priests, this now means daily Masses in English, Spanish and Chinese, catering to the needs of its parishioners, many undocumented.” (The New York Times, Nov. 8, 2018)

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