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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…"

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

Leadership Institute - Alejandro Aguilera

Dear friends,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you in St. Louis for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM). Diocesan directors, coordinators and key leaders play a key role in the local process for the V Encuentro.  We are excited that the majority of dioceses throughout the country have diocesan teams in place and are ready for the V Encuentro.  We are grateful for your leadership and we are here to provide support and assistance.

The next step in preparing for the V Encuentro is ensuring that pastors and priests in your dioceses receive the appropriate information about the V Encuentro and that they are invited to participate. To support you in this endeavor, we have prepared a packet for pastors and priests and resources can be downloaded here. The packet will also be emailed to you so that you can send to pastors from your diocesan office. Many dioceses have already offered an orientation of the V Encuentro to their pastors and priest. This is a great idea as is allows pastors the opportunity to ask questions about the formation of their V Encuentro Parish Teams.

We also offer our congratulations to NCCHM, the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, as they also celebrated their 25th Anniversary. It was an honor to be present for such and occasion and we are grateful to have been given the opportunity to offer a panel on the V Encuentro. Go here for more information about V Encuentro.

Blessings to all of you and please contact us if you have any questions,

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus
Director of the V Encuentro
Assistant Director of the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church

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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