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Norma Pimentel

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Norma Pimentel is a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for more than 12 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries and services in the Rio Grande Valley area.

Sr. Norma chairs the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program that distributes federal funds to local agencies providing assistance to the area’s poor. She also serves as Co-Vicar of Religious, organizing different events for the Diocese of Brownville.

She was instrumental in quickly organizing community resources to respond to the surge of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States and setting up the Humanitarian Respite Center at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. A most special moment was captured on September 2015 via a satellite broadcast to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in which Pope Francis recognized Sr. Norma for her work with the immigrants.

In January 2015, Sr. Norma received the Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keep the Dream Alive” award from Catholic Charities USA and awards from the University of Texas - Pan American, the Texas Medical Association and nomination for “Texan of the Year.” Also that same month, she testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the “State of Civil Rights in Immigration Detention Facilities.” In March 2015, she spoke on "Women Upholding Human Dignity" at the United Nations. Most recently, Sr. Norma was recognized and awarded the 2015 Rio Grande Valley’s “Citizen of the Year” for her advocacy for the hundreds of immigrants /refugees families and individuals.

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