“A Bridge Among Walls” coming to Bay Area

Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and longtime advocate for immigrants and refugees, will visit San Francisco archdiocese April 28-30

Pope Francis greets Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, during his general audience in 2017 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Sister Norma Pimentel, MJ, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and longtime advocate for immigrants and refugees, will visit the Archdiocese of San Francisco April 28-30, with talks at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame and the University of San Francisco and Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar Church in Half Moon Bay, Bay Area Border Relief announced. 

On April 28 at 4 p.m., Sister Norma will make a special presentation, “A Bridge Among Walls: Update from the Border,” at the Our Lady of Angels school gym, “sharing her on-the-ground observations and perspective on the humanitarian crisis on the border, in her community and its impacts,” the organization said.

In 2015, Pope Francis recognized and thanked Sister Norma personally for her work with immigrants in a segment that was featured on ABC’s “20/20;” she was also a finalist for “Texan of the Year.”

Her two-day visit will include Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay and a Sunday reunion with Central American immigrant families, who passed through the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen and have recently resettled on the coast. With the support of Bay Area Border Relief and local coastside organizations, including ALAS (Ayudando Latinos a Soñar), these families are getting used to their new neighborhoods and adjusting to life in the United States as they await formal decisions on their applications for legal asylum.

Sister Norma will take part in a series of conversations and discussion with various University of San Francisco departmental faculty during the morning of Monday, April 29.

Open to the public April 29 from 4-6 p.m. will be a keynote presentation at the University of San Francisco McLaren Conference Center in collaboration with 15 USF departments and Bay Area Border Relief, “The Undocumented Truth at the Border — A Conversation with Sister Norma Pimentel of the South Texas Humanitarian Center.”

Opening remarks by USF president Jesuit Father Fitzgerald will be followed by USF law School professor Bill Hing, School of Education dean; Shabnam Koirala-Azad; and Sister Norma. Attendance is free, but all donations will go to support for the Humanitarian Respite Center. The McLaren Conference Center is at 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco.  

Full story at Catholic San Francisco.

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  1. For the people who dont understand what a mess immigration is, sister has a bridge to sell them he he he.

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