St. Leo's offers a spiritual home and pastoral care for African refugees of genocide from Burundi, Tanzania and the Congo.  Brought to the United States by Catholic Charities at the direction of the U.S. Bishops, they have spent most of their lives in refugee camps that provided little to no health care, education or pastoral services. 

We invite you to watch the documentary, "Stories of Our Elders" prepared by the sons and daughters of our Kirundi population about their parents' journey, 

Justice for Immigrants

Read the May 15, 2015 New York Times Article About Political Turmoil in Burundi

Read the April 27, 2016 The New Yorker Article: On The Run In Burundi by James Verini

St. Leo the Great Parish is so incredibly proud of two of our parish members, Alexandre Marembo and Gilbert Nzoyisaba, who just returned from Washington DC where they were members of one of six Red Cross groups from around the US honored for their work on a video: "Innocence to Evil."  

The Cincinnati Red Cross is one of eight chapters that participated in the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Action Campaign Pilot Program. Students near participating chapters could create IHL teams to teach their peers about humanitarian law. Two Cincinnati teams won the competition for projects they created and traveled to Washington May 31-June 2 to collect their awards and participate in the first National IHL Youth Symposium. The Cincinnati chapter will participate in the competition again next year.

-Stephanie Sepate