SAN DIEGO — The Casa Cornelia Law Center honored Cardinal Robert W. McElroy for his work encouraging solidarity and justice for indigent immigrants.
The organization presented its 15th annual La Mancha Awards at a standing-room-only reception at Balboa Park on Oct. 13. Gloria Bader, board chair, helped present the Lucy Howell Humanitarian Award to the cardinal.
“Throughout the cardinal’s vocation as a pastor and a leader in the Catholic Church, he has dedicated himself to practicing and encouraging solidarity and justice for our immigrant community, recognizing the worth of each human life,” she said.
“Cardinal McElroy exemplifies in his own life and his work the humanitarian call to welcome the stranger and work to alleviate the suffering of others.”
The non-profit organization provides pro-bono legal services for asylum-seekers, victims of serious crime, and unaccompanied children. Its mission is rooted in the tradition of service of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. In 2021, the center assisted 1,943 persons from 34 nations, including 1,007 children.