Statement by the President: Death of Sister Isolima Ferre (8/3/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                             August 3,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the death of Sister Isolima
Ferre.  Her passionate fight, for more than 60 years, against poverty,
violence and despair earned her many awards and countless tributes from all
around the world.  Armed only with her faith, she taught gangs in New York
City to solve their differences without violence.  In Puerto Rico, her
community service centers, the Centros Isolina Ferre, transformed ravaged
neighborhoods by operating clinics and helping residents to empower

     Almost a year ago today, I was honored to welcome Sister Ferre to the
White House and present her with the Medal of Freedom.  At that ceremony, I
said, "Sister Ferre taught people to see the best in themselves and in
their communities, and made sure they had the tools to make the most of the
gifts God has given them."

     Her lifetime of selfless commitment to others will remain her greatest
legacy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends.


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