Catholic faith prompts award winner to ask questions of herself, others

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June 13, 2015

Edith Avila Olea of Joliet, Ill., receives the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award during the June 10 spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Edith Avila Olea of Joliet, Ill., receives the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award during the June 10 spring general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Twenty-two-year-old Edith Avila Olea said her friends think she is a hippie.

“It’s not so much that I’m a tree hugger, it’s the conversations that I purposely stir up,” she said, noting that she tends to ask a lot of questions and hopes to make people think.

And if she can get anyone to ask, “What am I doing to help my brother and sister?” she said she is convinced she is fulfilling her mission.

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