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Hispanic/Latino Affairs

"We, the bishops of the United States, have heard the voices of Hispanic leaders - both laity and clergy. We especially affirm those pastoral efforts of Hispanic ministry that promote the general objective and the specific dimensions of the 1987 National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry ("National Pastoral Plan" or "Pastoral Plan"). This pastoral statement, Encuentro and Mission: A Renewed Pastoral Framework for Hispanic Ministry, is addressed to all Catholics, but particularly to pastoral leaders involved in ministry among Hispanics…"

Welcome from the Subcommittee Chairman,                              Bishop Gerald Barnes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

diversityWe rejoice in knowing that the Hispanic/Latino people are a gift and a blessing to the Church and to the society in the United States. We know that millions of Hispanics/Latinos contribute to the life and the mission of the church in thousands of parishes and small ecclesial communities throughout the nation. Today we have an increasing number of priests, deacons, religious men and women and lay ecclesial ministers who provide leadership and service not only to the Hispanic/Latino but to the entire church. Furthermore, the proliferation of ecclesial movements such as Charismatic Renewal, Cursillo, Marriage Encounter and many other movements provide the church with great vitality and with renewed hope and joy. This rich harvest of ministers and ministries has allowed the formation of national and regional Catholic Hispanic organizations which significantly contribute to the development, formation and accompaniment and support of the increasing network of Catholic leaders of Hispanic/Latino heritage... MORE


2014 News from the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs (SCHA)
By: Mr. Alejandro Aguilera-Titus

Leadership Institute - Alejandro Aguilera

The USCCB’s Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs and the Committee on Cultural Diversity approved the convening of the Church the V National Encuentro for Ministry among Hispanics/Latinos during their June 2013 meetings. Such a decision is of great importance for the future development of Hispanic/Latino ministry and the entire Church in the United States.

The V Encuentro is a three-year process of pastoral-theological reflection culminating in a national event, followed by one-year of training and implementation. The process incudes a broad consultation on the needs, aspirations and contributions of Hispanic/Latinos, and the pastoral actions needed to address them. The outcome of the consultation is articulated through the celebration of encuentros at the parish, diocesan, regional and national level.

 The V Encuentro finds an unprecedented number of parishes serving Hispanics/Latinos and the proliferation of lay ecclesial movements, both vitalized by thousands of Hispanic/Latino lay-ecclesial ministers. It also finds record numbers of Hispanics/Latinos engaged in formation programs, and a growing number of national Hispanic/Latino Catholic organizations. However, such growth falls short of fully addressing the demands of the ever-growing Hispanic/Latino population, soon to be the majority group among Catholics in the United States.

 The Subcommittee has formed a national team to accompany the development and implementation of the V Encuentro process under the name: Equipo Nacional de Acompañamiento para el V Encuentro (ENAVE). This team is representative of the various national Hispanic Catholic organizations and... more

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The Subcommittee Mandate

The Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs is under the direction of and assists the Committee on Cultural Diversity within the Church by working collaboratively with the committee and other USCCB committees to affirm the gifts and contributions of Hispanic Catholics and to provide more opportunities for Hispanic Catholics to engage in the life of the Church and help shape its evangelization mission.

This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:

The Subcommittee is directly responsible for outreach to Hispanic communities and to work closely with the subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.

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