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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Representative Walz Invites Sister Alice Zachmann to Pope Francis Joint Address

Sep 16, 2015
Press Release
Sister Alice has a lifetime of service dedicated to human rights

Washington, DC [9/16/15] – Today, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) announced that Sister Alice Zachmann will be his guest of honor when the Pope addresses a Joint Session of Congress on September 24, 2015.  Sister Alice has dedicated a lifetime advocating for human rights and is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND). She lives in Mankato, MN.

“I am proud to have Sister Alice as my guest as the Pope addresses Congress,” said Representative Walz. “Her lifetime of dedication and service is an inspiration and her commitment to improving the lives around the world serves as an example for all of us.”

"It is with gratitude that I have been called to peace and justice ministry through my SSND community.  Thank you, Representative Walz, for giving me the privilege of joining you at this momentous gathering with Pope Francis. His message of care and concern about the earth as our common home speaks to me of my next commitment,” said Sister Alice Zachmann.

 Sister Alice founded the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) in 1982. She served as the Commission's director for 20 years. Today, she remains actively involved in advocating for increased attention to human rights' abuses in Guatemala.  Annually, the GHRC awards the Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defenders Award recognizing an individual, organization or community who has demonstrated a commitment to the defense of human rights through non-violent methods, and for which he/she/or they have been exposed to threats, violence and/or attacks. She also mentored the foundation of a group that helps survivors of torture until 2010 when she returned to Minnesota.