In Coachella Valley Migrant Community, the COVID-19 Death of a Beloved Priest Helps Spur Vaccinationsposted on March 23, 2021
Alejandra Molina of Religion News Service reports that the Covid-19 death of the Rev. Francisco Valdovinos, a well-known Catholic priest in Southern California, has helped raise awareness in the local immigrant community about Covid-19 prevention. She writes, “The life and death of Valdovinos — who belonged to the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity — also highlights the important role faith leaders and churches fill as trusted messengers in their communities. Their roles are especially important during a pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color.” Valdovinos distributed food and face masks to the local community throughout the pandemic and appeared on Spanish-language radio to encourage immigrant workers to get tested and vaccinated.