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

A dilapidated home in one of Brisbane’s most desired suburbs could soon be sold

first_imgIt is just minutes from the centre of Brisbane.Although the home has remained virtually unchanged for years, better maintained neighbouring properties have fetched high prices in recent years. 10 York Parade sold for $1.8 million last year and 12 York Parade went for $2.02 million in 2014. Spring Hill, which is just a 2 kilometres from the CBD, currently has a median house price of $927,500. This Spring Hill home has seen better days.THIS house might have seen better days, but if location is everything when it comes to real estate then it could be perfect for someone wanting to live close to Brisbane’s bustling CBD.The two-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 37 York Parade, Spring Hill is currently under offer after several months on the market.The pre-war wooden cottage was called the “worst house in the best street” in its brutally honest listing on from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoCould you renovate this?The home dates back to 1920, and as the exterior photos show, it has not had a lot of work on it in the subsequent decades. The walls are chipped and faded, its windows are boarded up, but it sits in a location where Fortitude Valley, the CBD and the RNA Showgrounds are just a quick stroll away.last_img read more

Tipperary duo to start for Munster.

first_imgMunster: Felix Jones – capt, Andrew Conway, Andrew Smith, Ivan Dineen, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Billy Holland; CJStander, Tommy O’Donnell, Robin Copeland Anthony Foley has named a 23 man squad which sees Felix Jones captain the province for the first time.In all there are eight changes in personnel from the side which lost their league opener at home to Edinburgh last Friday.Clonmel’s Dave Foley is one of the changes as he takes his place in the second row while Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell makes his first start of the season at 7.last_img read more