Connecticut Immigrant Day 2019 Recognizes One of USJ’s Own

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On April 17, 2019, the Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC) held their 22ndAnnual Connecticut Immigrant Day at the state capitol. This ceremony recognized 19 immigrants living in the state of Connecticut who have made significant contributions to the state and nation, including the University of Saint Joseph’s (USJ) Campus Ministry Music Coordinator Ezequiel Menéndez.

“I’m so proud of Ezequiel. He has positively impacted our campus ministry and is extremely talented. Connecticut Immigrant Day truly allows us to see Connecticut’s diverse and dedicated population,” said Lynnette Colón, M.A., LPC, director of Campus Ministry.

Originally from Argentina, Menéndez’s accomplishments include co-founding Concerts for Charity, raising money to rebuild Sri Lanka, and assisting local charities in Hartford. He is also the music director for the Archdiocese of Hartford and the chapel organist for Ethel Walker School.

Previous USJ honorees include: President Rhona Free; Shyamala Raman, Ph.D., professor emerita; and Reverend Joseph Cheah, OSM, Ph.D.,professor of Religious Studies and Theology. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General William Tong, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz were also in attendance.

What does Campus Ministry do? University of Saint Joseph Campus Ministry strives to unify the campus by nurturing a Catholic and Interfaith community that is centered on our Core Values.