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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Sister Julia Huiskamp, D.C.
Diocese of Belleville, Illinois

From Bullets to a Better Future

When she began her ministry in the housing projects of East St. Louis, Illinois, it wasn’t uncommon for Sister Julia Huiskamp, DC, to sweep up bullet casings by the dustpan-full in her office. She founded the Griffin Center as a safe haven for the community’s children. In its first year, 30 children were welcomed at the single location center. Nearly 30 years later, the program has served literally hundreds of children at multiple sites. From after-school tutoring to violence prevention training, Sister Huiskamp’s encouragement has given children a chance to succeed. Her faith has given them something even greater—the gift of hope for a better tomorrow.

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