Sr. Norma Pimentel, LCWR award recipient, embraces 'holy chaos' of her ministry to migrants

Sr. Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, sees hundreds of migrants daily at her center, often their first stop after being released from border authorities. Pimentel and her staff welcome them and help prepare them for their rest of their journey. For her work, she received LCWR's Outstanding Leadership Award on Aug. 16.

While migrants wait on the border, sisters in Mexico welcome them daily to the 'dining room'

Four Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist in the Nogales community run the Aid Center for Migrants, part of a congregation of about 60 sisters, living in 11 communities in Mexico. A 10-minute walk from the Mariposa Border Crossing, the center serves more than 100 people a day. Every day the sisters minister to people who have encountered stressful situations. To handle this, the sisters rely on prayer and their community life, as well as days off for personal chores, time and renewal.

Face facts, says LCWR president: Sisters have been part of Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal

Holy Cross Sr. Sharlet Wagner, the 2018-2019 president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, spoke on the issue of abuse in her Aug. 15 presidential address at the organization's annual assembly. "It is a source of deep pain for us that in some instances, our own sisters have been perpetrators of the abuse," she said. "This is a truth we must not attempt to avoid."

UISG director to LCWR assembly: No need to fear doing the 'small things'

"The responses needed today are often not found in the big initiatives of the past but instead are like tiny mustard seeds: a word of hope, a listening heart, a compassionate presence, a healing glance. This mysticism of encounter happens everywhere," said Sr. Pat Murray, executive director of the International Union of Superiors General, during the opening day keynote address at the 2019 assembly for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.