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Chef Lidia Bastianich Shares Life Journey From Refugee to Culinary Master


                                              Lidia Bastianich

by John-Mark de Palma

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we feature Catholic Charities of New York’s 2018 Christmas Angel Award recipient, Lidia Bastianich. At the, “Faith Doing Justice Summit,” held at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, Chef Lidia recounted her family’s moving story as World War II refugees who escaped the Iron Curtain. With the help of Catholic Charities, her family was moved from housing at a former concentration camp, to the United States.  

On hand to help students relate her story to current events, was Catholic Charities of New York Immigrant Services Director, Mario Russell. He shared with the students true-life stories of the immigrants Catholic Charities recently represented in court, such as the Indonesian father with a Down Syndrome son facing deportation and the toddler taken from his family at the US-Mexican border and sent to New York City alone.

Read more about Lidia Bastianich’s journey and the services of Catholic Charities of New York for the immigrant and refugee communities. Our Catholic Charities Community Services website also provides additional information on services for unaccompanied immigrant minors, day laborers, refugees, citizenship classes, and legal aid.