It is one thing to say we have passion and the heart to love all of God’s people. It is another to actively live this out in our daily lives. But one woman not only believes this to her core, she lives it everyday of her life. Sister Norma Pimentel is probably one of the most inspiration women I have ever met.

Sister Norma serves as executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas and has directed this charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville since 2008. She helped organize local response to the 2014 surge of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States, helping to establish the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas.

On May 20, 2018, University of Notre Dame honored Sister Norma with the Laetare Medal, the highest and oldest award given to U.S. Catholics, for her work with migrants and refugees. In 2015, Pope Francis also honored and thanked Sister Norma for her work with immigrants. I met Sister Norma in February of 2017 after my visit the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas and since then have followed her work and her passion. Today, it is an honor to share her story.

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