Published July 27, 2022
The Diocese of Little Rock nominated Jennifer Verkamp-Ruthven, director of Catholic Immigration Services and Refugee Resettlement in Little Rock and Springdale, as its Catholic Extension Lumen Christi nominee. Among the 40 nominees, a winner will be chosen who radiates and reveals the light of Christ present in the communities where they serve.
According to her nomination, “When the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan began in 2021, Jennifer had to quickly help resettle 81 refugees within four months and train volunteer teams to provide pro bono services, free medical services and language interpretation. Jennifer’s Catholic faith kept her working arduously to serve Christ and his people through advocating for refugees.”