After losing his wife in 2012, Jim Supina decided he should honor her memory and her love of the Spanish language by teaching English to the Hispanic community in Des Moines. Jim was nominated by Bishop Pates to be a candidate for the Lumen Christi Award, offered by Catholic Extension Service.
Working with parish churches and Catholic Charities, his English classes and private lessons are free to immigrant and refugee families. To ease their transition into American life, he doesn’t stop at language skills – he insists on cultural immersion. Jim brings his students to Broadway musicals, and he incorporates discussions of faith, music and poetry into his teaching. To further integrate into the Hispanic community, he attends Spanish Masses and activities, and helps with citizenship applications. His most recent success is with a group of students who are now eligible to take their GED tests and apply to the local college.
Follow this link to vote today for Jim for the Lumen Christi Award.