Postville burnout

Ministry to immigrants
Paul Ouderkirk was on retreat in Dubuque on May 12, 2008, when someone tapped him on the shoulder and asked him why he wasn’t 75 miles away in Postville. The Catholic priest did not know that earlier that day, federal authorities had launched the nation’s largest ever single-site immigration raid on the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville and arrested 389 people. The Spanish-speaking Ouderkirk had served St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Post ville—a quiet community of 2,400 people for which he had a special affinity—before retiring. Upon hearing of the government’s action, he returned immediately to resume serving as the parish’s pastor.

 

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