St. John’s University President Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw and Wife, Clavel, Honored by Catholic Migration Services
St. John’s University President Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., and his wife, Clavel Albay Gempesaw, Ph.D., were honored by Catholic Migration Services with the 2015 Saint Frances X. Cabrini Award on Monday, December 14, in Brooklyn, NY. The award ceremony was held at the residence of the Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, spiritual leader of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Catholic Migration Services is a not-for-profit corporation that provides critical legal services and programs to immigrants in Brooklyn and Queens. Since 1971, Catholic Migration Services has assisted thousands of immigrants to achieve the American Dream, from family reunification to citizenship.
The Saint Frances X. Cabrini Award for Migration is bestowed upon individuals who play a significant role in the life of immigrants or to individual immigrants who have made major contributions to society.
“Like so many St. John’s students, both today and in the past, I am an immigrant,” said Dr. Conrado Gempesaw. “As a teacher and scholar, I have always considered it a privilege to be in a position of transforming the lives of students through the education they receive, especially those who otherwise would not have such an opportunity.”
Honored along with the Gempesaws were these Cabrini Award recipients: Gregory T. Cerchione, Esq., Partner, Subin Associates and past President, Kings County Catholic Lawyers Guild; and Robert B. Alesi, President, Xaverian High School.
“St. Frances Cabrini’s example of devoting her life to helping immigrants is truly inspiring. I am extremely honored to receive this award, and gratefully accept it in the name of all immigrants who have overcome difficulties in their quest for a better and safer future,” said Dr. Clavel Gempesaw.
In attendance at the ceremony were St. John’s Board of Trustees Peter D’Angelo and Bill Collins, along with St. John’s administrators Rev. Bernard Tracey, C.M.; Rev. Richard Rock, C.M.; Dean Michael Simons, St. John’s School of Law; and Edward Kull, Institutional Advancement.
For more information contact Dominic Scianna, Associate Vice President, Division of External Relations, St. John’s University by calling 718-990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to [email protected].