- Dec 12, 2019
As the executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexico border, Sister Norma Pimentel sees up to 800 migrants every day pouring into her center in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. The center is often their first stop after being released from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
If Sister Norma Pimentel has said it once, she has said it dozens of times: She is “a U.S. citizen by chance.”
The Smithsonian Museum of American History is looking at the possibility of acquiring for its collection drawings made by children ages 10 and 11 at a Catholic Charities center in Texas, which may depict their stay at federal detention centers for immigrants near the border.
While the sex abuse crisis consumed the June meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, prelates who work on the border, such as Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, have been facing a different crisis also involving children.
Sister Norma Pimentel, arguably the most prominent Catholic woman in America today, has said she believes discussion on women is moving in the right direction, and it is time for women to step up, take initiative and be proactive in the Church.