Sister Norma Pimentel has been a longtime advocate for immigrants and refugees.
The time and dedication she has put into helping thousands of families who immigrated to the United States for a better life has not gone unnoticed. In May, she’ll be receiving the University of Notre Dame’s 2018 Laetare Medal.
“It’s quite an honor and I’m humbled because of this. The community in the valley has responded to welcome thousands of immigrants who come with a great need of help,” said Sister Norma. “This becomes a platform for everyone else in the world to hear, to see and to know that the suffering of people is something we must pay attention to,” she added.
The Laetare Medal is given to those who provide outstanding service to the Catholic Church and society.
Although Sister Norma is getting the recognition, she believes all the staff and volunteers from the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley deserve it as well.
“I think this recognition is definitely ours. It’s a way to tell thousands of volunteers that have come day after day to help out… that they are true champions of what it means to believe in God and to believe in doing the right thing to help another human being,” said Sister Norma.
Although this is one of the highest honors anyone from the Catholic church can receive, Sister Norma Pimentel won’t stop helping immigrant families, as this recognition motivates her to do more.
“What comes next is to continue doing what we do, and to be happy about what we’re doing,” said Sister Norma. “It’s like a booster for everybody that has given up on themselves. What we’re doing is the right thing, so let’s continue to do that. Let’s invite others to do the same and join us,” she added.
Sister Norma will be receiving the Laetare Medal during the University of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony on May 20th.