This week the Catholic Church celebrates National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the conditions of facing immigrants, refugees, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The McQuaid Community has been praying for migrants daily and on Thursday welcomed a guest speaker to share his migration story. Nintereste Jean Pierre came to the United States as a refugee from Rwanda. Displaced from his home during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, he and his family fled to Tanzania where they spent more than a decade living in a refugee camp. After years of applying and waiting, they finally were accepted to migrate to the U.S. and were resettled in Rochester. Jean Pierre continued his education at Monroe Community College and Buffalo State and eventually graduating from the University at Buffalo Law School. Today, he is an attorney for Nixon Peabody.
Jean Pierre engaged with students, answering questions, and telling about the difficulties of living in a refugee camp, the lengthy process of coming to the U.S., and adjusting to life in his new country. It was definitely a highlight of National Migration Week for McQuaid Jesuit.