where hope and courage meet

 “After they had left, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt and stay there until I tell you.’”                             Matthew 2:13

With images of the Holy Family’ fleeing from their home country as a backdrop, you are invited to listen to Sr. Norma Pimentel’s experiences of welcoming and caring for families who come to our borders seeking hospitality and safety.

In her keynote address at the 2019 Religious Formation Congress, Sr. Norma spoke of the universal call to embrace our brothers and sisters who are forced to migrate from their homeland with courage and hope. This is a call that has been given to us by  Jesus and emphasized by Pope Francis.

In her presentation, Sister Norma explores this call by sharing how the Humanitarian Respite Center, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, has received, assisted, and supported more than 100,000 individuals and is inspiring our church and world to do the same.

Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande   Valley, oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight to different ministries and programs. She was instrumental in quickly organizing community resources to respond to the surge of  Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S. and setting up the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX. 

Please join us to hear Sr. Norma’s presentation. 


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