Reaching Out to Latino Catholics

Tom Tracy | Oct. 22, 2013 | Catholic Courier

Father Jenkins at Shamrock Series Mass / Matt CashoreNotre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., greets visitors after Mass during the Shamrock Series events in Texas. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

The fact that Spanish-speaking and Latino Catholics are fast becoming a major segment -- already about one-third -- of the Catholic population in the U.S. wasn't lost on a range of Catholic Hispanic leadership gathered Oct. 17-20 for a regional encounter.

Eva Gonzalez, Hispanic ministry director for the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., said the event was her first experience with a Southeast Pastoral Institute encuentro and that she was exchanging information with colleagues from neighboring states and dioceses.

Gonzalez said the University of Notre Dame's forthcoming implementation of affordable distance learning and religious education programing in Spanish will help foster Hispanic leadership preparedness of catechesis.

On hand to talk about the pilot Spanish-language launch of Notre Dame's Satellite Theological Education Program, or STEP, for ministry formation was Esther Terry, coordinator of what is being called Camino at the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame.

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