Ministry

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.

Finding God in Ghana

After serving five years in leadership for my congregation, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in Philadelphia, I wanted a ministry experience in an underserved area, helping in whatever way I could. In March, I traveled to Ghana, West Africa, expecting to find God. I was not disappointed.

Welcome of the heart: Sisters build bonds in collaborative effort to assist immigrants

About 20 sisters from 16 congregations in the San Antonio Archdiocese are serving as part of an interfaith collaboration to minister to the surge of immigrants who are seeking safety in the United States. Sisters are building relationships with both the border crossers that they assist as well as those in authority.