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Kathy Gast of Sacred Heart Parish, left, and Dee Cassidy of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish pose March 3 in Phoenix with retired Father William Fitzgerald and his portrait of St. Francis that was given as part of his Spirit of Pope Francis Award from Arizona-based Kino Border Initiative. The women traveled to Phoenix for the presentation along with several others from Omaha, including members of Mary Our Queen, Christ the King and Holy Cross parishes. Courtesy photo.

Priest to be honored for immigration work

A retired priest of the archdiocese, Father William Fitzgerald, will be recognized March 3 in Phoenix for his work with an Arizona-based effort to promote just, workable migration between the United States and Mexico.
 
The Kino Border Initiative has awarded Father Fitzgerald with its Spirit of Pope Francis Award for his long commitment to its mission, including direct assistance to the destitute and undocumented, and social and pastoral education on both sides of the border.
 
A native of Omaha who was ordained in 1958 and served in a number of parishes and as archdiocesan vocations director before retiring from active ministry in 1996, Father Fitzgerald now lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

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