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Two Making a Difference View Comments
By Susan Hines-Brigger

Jack Jezreel, MDiv, and Janine Carreiro are devoted to one thing: working to help raise awareness among Catholics about social-justice issues. Through their work, they are living out the Gospel mandate to care for the least of our brothers and sisters.
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Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of this magazine. She heard Jack Jezreel speak earlier this year at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and was present when Janine Carreiro accepted the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award in 2010.

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