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02 July 2010

Seeking Freedom: Father George Dunne

George Dunne has been a Catholic priest since 1982. He came to Chicago from Dublin, Ireland for a one year sabbatical in 2000, but after traveling to Florida during the chilly Chicago winter he fell in love with the people and the country.

A Catholic priest for nearly 30 years, Father George Dunne fell in love with the U.S. during a sabbatical from his home country of Ireland

A Catholic priest for nearly 30 years, Father George Dunne fell in love with the U.S. during a sabbatical from his home country of Ireland.

Father Dunne has been a priest at the same Winter Springs, Florida parish for 10 years. The Diocese of Orlando helped him apply for work visas, a green card, and this last step - U.S. citizenship. When asked why he decided to apply for citizenship, he said that he had "connected here - with the people, with the country."

He was naturalized at a special Independence Day ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Floriday on July 1. He said that Independence Day is about "seeking freedom. It is at the heart of the U.S. story." His parish is having a big July 4 celebration for him on Sunday. It will be a very special day for them all - it will be the first time that he will be able to say the Pledge of Allegiance with the parishioners.

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At July 21, 2010 at 1:50:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Ford said...

I'm feeling grateful to read this article it was great step by Father Dunne. He spent much time and energy combating prejudice like writing articles, making speeches and taking part in numerous civil rights demonstrations.

 
At July 30, 2010 at 4:49:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This country has a serious flaw in immigration policy. This entire country is made up of immigrants yet now we don't allow most people to stay longer than 90 days. When most of them apply for an extension they are denied. I'm not sure I understand why we are trying to close our borders in such a way. Most of the immigrants that I have run into are far more hardworking than the US Citizens happy to continue their unemployment benefits while "illegals" are working 3 jobs to pay the rent... Let's think about that...How to people that barely speak the language hold down 3 jobs when we won't get off our rears for 1? Give them a path to stay. Let them pay taxes to pay for the coming healthcare debacle that is passed for those again too content to collect their handouts...

 
At August 7, 2010 at 10:50:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Father George!

 
At September 16, 2010 at 1:30:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome citizen Dunne...welcome

 
At March 7, 2011 at 6:47:00 PM EST , Anonymous AMA Nation said...

There are many illegal immigrants and those aliens that live here without papers. And eventually got their citizenship through marrying.

 
At March 31, 2011 at 10:38:00 PM EDT , Anonymous BGE said...

Happy for you Father. God is with you. And words be flowed out.

 
At June 9, 2011 at 8:42:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Kyrgyzstan said...

Nice place Father. Anyone would fall in love with such nice place and people. Have great future ahead.

 
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At April 8, 2013 at 4:40:00 PM EDT , Anonymous stratcompros.com said...

Congratulation Father George. All the best with your new status as an American citizen.

 

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