7:00PM on Saturday, June 25, 2022
Sr. Norma Pimental Talk at Ste. Anne (Immigration)
Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit
1000 Ste. Anne St., Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 549-0421
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Pope’s ‘Favorite Nun’ To Report on Front Lines of U.S. Immigration Crisis

Sister Norma Pimentel, M.J., a leading national advocate for immigration rights and executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, in Brownsville, Texas, will speak about the effect of U.S. immigration policy at the southern border on June 25 at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit.

“Sister Norma has been on the front lines of the immigration crisis in the U.S. for decades,” said Bill O’Brien, executive director of Strangers No Longer, a network of Catholics in Michigan assisting undocumented residents with education, accompaniment and advocacy. “She has been witnessing first-hand the effect of U.S. immigration policy at our southern border, including the 2020 Title 42 order barring individuals without documentation from entering the U.S. As our nation contemplates ending Title 42, anti-immigration public sentiment is growing.”

A member of the Catholic religious order of Missionaries of Jesus (MJ), Sister Norma has been publicly commended by Pope Francis for her inspiring work with immigrants. She has been called the pope’s “favorite nun.” In 2020, Time magazine named Sister Norma one of the 100 most influential people of the year. In April, she received the Peace and Freedom Award from the interfaith Pacem in Terris Coalition of Davenport, Iowa. Past recipients have included President John F. Kennedy, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., R. Sargent Shriver, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa, Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Cesar Chavez, Daniel Berrigan, S.J., Lech Walesa, Sister Simone Campbell, S.S.S. and Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama.

At her 7 p.m. presentation at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit on Saturday, June 25, Sister Norma will be introduced by Paul Propson, executive director of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Pastor of Ste. Anne, Monsignor Chuck Kosanke, will welcome guests.

During her time in Michigan, she will meet with the High School Coordinating Committee, comprised of two student representatives from each of 11 Catholic high schools in southeast Michigan. Students are collecting needed underwear and toiletries, such as toothpaste and soap, to send to Sister Norma in Texas.

Also, while in Michigan, she will speak to Strangers No Longer Circles of Support in Wyoming (suburban Grand Rapids), Romeo and Ann Arbor.

About Strangers No Longer

Strangers No Longer, founded in 2017, is a network of Catholics in Michigan in major population centers, building Circles of Support in their parishes, communities and Catholic high schools to respond effectively to the call by Pope Francis and the bishops to respond to immigrants as our brothers and sisters. Circles of Support, now numbering 24, provide education, accompaniment and advocacy to undocumented residents. Visit www.strangersnolonger.org or email [email protected]