National Congress on Hispanic Ministry Focuses on Raising Prophetic Voices

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The Sixth National Catholic Congress of Hispanic Ministry in the United States will take place April 26-30 and will focus on family, Hispanic youth ministry, social justice and pastoral training.

By the editor of Vatican News

Hispanic ministry leaders from faith communities, pastoral organizations, apostolic movements, educational institutions, among others, will meet April 26-30 in Washington, D.C., for the 6and National Catholic Congress on Hispanic Ministry.

The “Raices and Alas 2022” (roots and wings) The Congress aims to bring together major institutions related to Hispanic ministry in the United States under the theme “Prophetic Voices: Being bridges for a new era.”

The meeting is organized by the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM) in collaboration with 8 committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including the Subcommittee for Hispanic/Latino Affairs and the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the church.

focal points

The four-day meeting will focus on four pastoral priorities: family, Hispanic youth ministry, social justice, and pastoral formation.

The participants – more than 70 leaders from 64 organizations – will engage in an “in-depth dialogue to discern and develop responses and pastoral initiatives to the ministerial priorities documented in the conclusions of the V Encuentro and in the post-pandemic reality”, according to the CCNSM website.

The responses and action steps from the congress will also be presented to the USCCB as leadership contributions to the national pastoral framework or Hispanic ministry plan proposed by the bishops.

The convention will also include an Advocacy Day on April 27, during which department leaders will travel to the U.S. Congress to meet with their lawmakers to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and DACA (Deferred Action for child arrivals).

A time of prayer and discernment

Organizers note that the time has come for leaders serving in Hispanic ministry to discern with bishops what actions to take in response to the voices of the V Encuentro, especially in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has severely affected several communities.

the Raices and Alas 2022 will bring together those responsible “in synodality and in prayer, so that together we can reflect on the pastoral initiatives necessary for the current reality and act accordingly”.

Pope Francis is expected to send a message to participants of the 6and National Catholic Congress on Hispanic Ministry.

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