Holy Cross Ministries


Holy Cross Ministries will be hosting its second annual Sister Kathleen Moroney Legal Service Award Luncheon to recognize instrumental individuals and organizations in the legal immigration law sphere, who share HCM’s vision for just, compassionate, sustainable and inclusive communities. HCM’s Legal Service Award Luncheon was established to commemorate Sister Kathleen Moroney’s tremendous contributions to Utah’s legal immigration community through her work in founding the Legal Immigration Department at Holy Cross Ministries and providing legal immigration services to the most vulnerable among us; as well as to honor key members of the  legal immigration community who exemplify her spirit of service through three awards.


  • When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Where: The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, South, 383 University St E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (6th Floor Event Space)
  • Tickets coming soon!


Unable to attend the Luncheon? Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help support Holy Cross Ministries' work in the Legal Immigration Program that was founded by Sister Kathleen Moroney in 2000. 


Sister Verónica Fajardo, CSC

Emmie Gardner, MSW, LCSW, CEO at Holy Cross Ministries

Jeanne Jardine

Wayne McCormack, E. W. Thode Professor of Law, University of Utah

Maria Mullahi, MPA, Development Specialist at Holy Cross Ministries

Patricia Sanders, Director of Development and Communications at Holy Cross Ministries

Alyssa Williams, Immigration Attorney/Immigration Program Manager at Catholic Community Services of Utah

Luzmila Zepeda, Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Representative

Marlene F. Gonzalez, Esq.



Now accepting nominations

Sister Kathleen Moroney, CSC

Sister Kathleen Moroney was born in Washington, DC and later moved to a house in Greenbelt, MD where she was raised.  Sister Kathleen attended Catholic grade school and high school. After graduation from high school, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and went to St. Mary’s, Notre Dame, IN for her formation program.

Sister Kathleen’s first assignment was from 1961 to 1967at Mount Carmel Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked in various positions as an accountant and finally as an Assistant Controller.  During that time she graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Business with a major in Finance.

She was also the treasurer at Cardinal Cushing College in Brookline, Massachusetts for one year. Sister Kathleen continued to serve in various positions in Congregation ministries as an accountant.

In 1976 she entered the law school at the University of Notre Dame, and graduated in 1979, having passed the Indiana Bar Exam in February 1979.

Sister Kathleen worked as an attorney for 8 years for the Generalate of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and for 2 years she worked in parish ministry with the poor in Brazil.

In 1989 Sister Kathleen was elected to Congregation Leadership and served as the General Councilor for Finance for 10 years.  She then spent a year of sabbatical learning Spanish and also immigration law, working in Catholic Charities in Washington, DC.

Sister Kathleen then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and with the assistance of Aden Batar at Catholic Community Services, she began the Immigration Department at Holy Cross Ministries in September 2000.


2018 Philanthropic Firm of the Year Award Recipient

Gonzalez Law, USA

Gonzalez Law U.S.A. is an immigration law firm based in Salt Lake City with attorneys licensed in Utah, California, and Wisconsin. In 2015 Gonzalez Law became an active part of the developing “low bono” program at Holy Cross Ministries. Without hesitation the firm offered their services to help victims who might qualify for immigration benefits for a minimum cost and sometimes at no charge. Marlene F. Gonzalez, founder and owner of the law firm, has first-hand experience with the Immigration process.  She was born in the Philippines and migrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of 12.  She has compassion for other immigrants and enjoys helping them. Her firm has been an instrumental partner in meeting the needs of the underserved populations of our community.


2018 Innovative Agency of the Year Award Recipient


CU is a community-based organization with the mission to empower Latinxs to recognize and achieve their own potential and be a positive force for change in the larger community. Our vision is that every Latinx in Utah     becomes healthy, self-sufficient, and active member of the community. Founded in 1999 by a group of Latina women, CU is now at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement in the state of Utah and currently provides direct services to more than 5,000 individuals per year while maintaining a grassroots connection with our community.



2018 Moroney Legal Service Award Recipient

Alyssa Williams

Alyssa Williams is the Immigration Program Manager and Senior Attorney at Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Utah. Alyssa is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of law, a native of Utah who grew up in Kearns and attended Utah State for undergraduate school. While in law school she interned at both The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CCS. With her deep knowledge of the citizenship process, Alyssa also created a partnership between CCS and English Skills Learning Center to bid and receive one of the first USCIS citizenship grants awarded nationally, which has helped CCS triple the immigration program’s immigration client base.  Alyssa also helped make sure that the CCS program was ready and willing to respond to the release of the DACA program and stay affordable enough to make sure that DACA clients always have a place to turn for trusted information and application   assistance. With over a decade of experience, Alyssa truly exemplifies Sister Kathleen’s mission of service and dedication to immigrants.




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