University announces Sister Norma Pimentel as 2018 Laetare Medal recipient

first_imgEditor’s note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on March 20.Notre Dame will award Sister Norma Pimentel — head of the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley — the 2018 Laetare Medal, the University announced in a press releaseSunday.Each year, Notre Dame awards the Laetare Medal to an American Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity.”According to the release, both of Pimentel’s parents immigrated from Mexico to the United States and she spent much of her childhood traveling between the two countries. After completing her final vows and entering the Missionaries of Jesus, she worked closely with immigrants, who were often brought to the sisters’ convent.Pimentel said this experience shaped her understanding of her faith in concrete ways.“Scripture comes to life and our faith becomes flesh,” she said in the release. “It is not until you find yourself in front of the face of the immigrant child or mother that you will understand this. It is a moment of realizing we are all one human family.”Since 2008, Pimentel has directed charitable programs for the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, including “emergency food and shelter, housing assistance, clinical counseling and pregnancy care to all four counties in the Rio Grande Valley.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said Pimentel has lived out the call to recognize Christ in the marginalized through her work with refugees and migrants.“Jesus said, ‘when I was a stranger, you invited me in.’ Sister Norma Pimentel has given her life to welcoming Christ in the immigrant and refugee,” Jenkins said in the release. “In awarding her the Laetare Medal, Notre Dame celebrates her witness of seeking and generously serving Christ in the most vulnerable.”Pimentel said in the release that she was grateful to receive the 2018 Laetare Medal.“I am truly honored to receive this award,” she said. “This year’s Laetare Medal brings forth the cries of the suffering for the world to hear. I would like to thank the University of Notre Dame for this recognition and for being a voice for immigrants in our midst.”Pimentel will be awarded the medal on May 20 at commencement.Tags: 2018 Commencement, Commencement 2018, Immigration, Laetare Medal, Sister Norma Pimentellast_img read more

Six Nations 2019: Ireland juggernaut will take some stopping

first_imgIreland now has the World Rugby Player of the Year in Johnny Sexton and, even if he is absent, Joey Carbery can slot in seamlessly. Three Irish provinces qualified for the quarterfinals of the European Rugby Champions Cup and the national team will be expected to carry on where it left off in 2018 when it faces England in a blockbuster showdown.And it would be no surprise to see more raucous Grand Slam celebrations in Cardiff on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, when Ireland finishes its campaign with what could be a decisive clash against Wales. Six Nations 2019: Team-by-team guide The last time Ireland hosted England it was on a mission to stop a world-record-tying run, but it will be Eddie Jones’ men coming up against a juggernaut on Saturday.England arrived in Dublin two years ago with Six Nations titles already in the bag, but was denied back-to-back Grand Slams and a record 19th consecutive victory. With meticulous attention to detail, Schmidt has turned Ireland into a huge force and the side will be expected to mount a strong challenge at the Rugby World Cup in Japan in September before the end of his reign.But first things first, the wily New Zealander’s immediate sights are firmly on back-to-back Six Nations titles and his team looks well-equipped to make a huge statement by pulling off another clean sweep.Ireland has lost just once in 19 matches – against Australia last June – and although Jones said the champions have weaknesses to exploit, that will be easier said than done.Joe Schmidt and Eddie Jones have enjoyed some battles over the yearsWho will come out on top when Ireland face England in their #GuinnessSixNations opener next week?— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) January 25, 2019The England head coach said he is expecting a “fairly predictable, methodical game” with “a few surprises” from Ireland, but he knows full well that the holders continue to evolve and will take some stopping.While rapid line speed, a dominant set-piece and a ruthless approach at the breakdown continue to lay the foundations, Schmidt’s side has plenty of X-factor to hurt any opponent.Jacob Stockdale was the player of the tournament and leading try-scorer in the Six Nations last year, while Schmidt has such strength in depth that he is able to unleash the likes of Jordan Larmour from the bench.Losing second-rows Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne for the start of the campaign is a blow, but James Ryan and Devin Toner are a formidable pairing. Joe Schmidt’s side has gone from strength to strength since bringing England back down to earth with a 13-9 win in 2017 and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style last March by ending a nine-year wait for a Grand Slam at Twickenham.There was also a first Test series win in Australia in 39 years in June and a sensational first home triumph over world champion New Zealand. Related Newslast_img read more

Fifth Annual Fall Fest 5K- one mile Fun Run is Oct. 4

first_imgDon’t forget to get signed up for the 5th Annual Fall Fest 5k and 1 mile Fun Run that is happening in Wellington on Saturday, October 4th. The course is the same as previous years and is a scenic route through Wellington. The early registration date to guarantee a shirt is September 24th so make sure and get your entry in soon.Entries should be turned in at Alison Rusk’s State Farm located at 116 West Lincoln in Wellington. OR You can also sign up online this year at The 2014 brochure is attached to this email.Only $25 for both races or $20 for the 5k and $10 for the 1 mile before September 24th. Fees will go up after this date, so hurry! All runners will receive a long sleeve t-shirt. Runners and Walkers Welcome!Stay after the race and enjoy the Fall Fest festivities downtown.We hope to see you at the race as we “run for those who can’t”!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Lottie wins England’s Most improved’ title

first_img The Abraham Trophy is the curtain raiser to the English U16 and U16 girls’ championships which start tomorrow at Blackmoor. Lottie is playing in the U14s.  Tags: Abraham Trophy, Lottie Woad The runner-up on net 68 was Lili Rose Hunt of Gaudet Luce, Worcestershire, while Hannah Dymott (Meon Valley, Hampshire) scored net 70 and took third place on countback from four other players.  7 Aug 2017 Lottie wins England’s Most improved’ title Lottie has made rapid progress with her golf and has played for the Surrey girls and won the handicap prize at the Surrey schools’ championship for the last two years.  Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Click here for full scores from the Abraham Trophy.  center_img “I putted well,” said Lottie. “I don’t usually putt great but today I holed lots of six-footers.”  They were among 22 girls who qualified for the national final on the basis of handicap reduction.  Surrey’s Lottie Woad played nine shots under her handicap today to win the Abraham Trophy and the title of England’s most improved girl golfer.  The 13-year-old went round Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire, in a gross score of level par 72, net 63, to win by five shots. Her winning Abraham Trophy score was her best ever, by three shots, and will bring about a healthy cut in her handicap. She started with a birdie and finished with back-to-back birdies, completing a back nine of two-under par.  Lottie, from Farnham Golf Club, started playing golf three years ago and has since been joined by her younger sister, Milly. They’ve been encouraged by their father, Nick, who is now the club’s junior organiser. last_img read more