Portman will bring a Cincinnati nun to pope’s D.C. address

Pope Francis is coming to Washington – and all indications are the visit may have all the pomp and circumstance of a State of the Union address.

To wit, beyond what is expected to be intense security: Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced today that he has invited the Cincinnati-based Sister Margarita Brewer, Sister of Charity to be his guest in the Senate gallery for Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to a joint session of Congress.

Sister Margarita, a friend of Portman’s, founded the English Language Learning  Foundation Inc. in 2003 and is the organization’s president. She works with Cincinnati Public Schools to help English language learners academically.

Portman got to know her when he was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and tutored her ELL Foundation students at one of the Cincinnati Public Schools.

His job as United States Trade Representative forced him to quit volunteering – the travel was intense – and his wife, Jane, later tutored some of Sister Margarita’s students.

 “This was the biggest surprise of my life,” she said. “I am so excited to see the Holy Father and so grateful to be invited by Senator Portman.”

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