Marialena Cristerna Interview

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2020-10-28

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Institute for Diversity & Civic Life
Department of Religious Studies

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This interview is with Marialena Cristerna, who is a pastor in Eagle Pass, Texas. Marialena has been preaching to an Episcopalian congregation for 23 years between the border of Texas and Mexico. Her community outreach includes frequent trips to Piedras Negras, Mexico, where she delivers groceries to families in need. She and her husband, who is also an Episcopal priest, pastor two congregations in Piedras Negras. Since the pandemic, Marialena has made it her mission to assist students. With the help of the church, she ensures students have iPads and computers to attend online school. In this interview, she discusses the strength of her faith, the value in community work, and the importance of hope during this time.

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