Experience Making a Difference

Experience Making a Difference

IVC Minneapolis/St. Paul 2023 Evening of Gratitude

More about our Honoree Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ:

Norma Pimentel, a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus, is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. She oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of different ministries and services in the Rio Grande Valley through emergency assistance, homelessness prevention, disaster relief, clinical counseling, pregnancy care, food programs, and humanitarian relief to immigrants.


Sister Norma’s work is one of immediate response to the emerging needs in the community. Her humanitarian work on the US-Mexico border overseeing the provision of a safe space for migrants to rest and regain strength, has been recognized my many organizations across the country.


She received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Pan American University, a master’s degree in theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Chicago.


In April 2023, Sister Norma was awarded the Spirit of Francis Award by Catholic Extensions in Rome, Italy for her humanitarian efforts in the Rio Grande Valley. Recently, Pope Francis also sent her a video message encouraging her and all volunteers to continue their work and efforts along the border.



Available Sponsorship Levels


  • Magis Circle                       $2500
  • Ignatian Circle                   $1250