Michael O. Garvey | June 18, 2014 | Notre Dame News
The Catholic Church is the largest of the Christian churches in the nation, and more than half of the Catholics in the United States who are under the age of 25 are Latinos. Barring massive changes in birthrates and immigration, a majority of American Catholics will be Latinos by the year 2050. If the rise of Latino Catholics confronts the Catholic Church in America with a profound and tumultuous challenge, the University of Notre Dame’s Rev. Joseph V. Corpora, C.S.C., sees it as a blessing as well. “I think Latino Catholics might even be God’s last-ditch effort to keep the American Catholic Church truly catholic, sacramental and diverse,” he said.
Father Corpora was speaking to the participants of the Adelante Conference, a gathering of 120 campus ministers from 43 colleges and universities nationwide hosted by Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry June 3-6 to discuss how better to serve and engage Latino Catholic students.
Father Corpora directs Catholic School Advantage, an initiative of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program to increase the percentage of Latino children enrolled in Catholic schools, and he also serves as associate director of Latino ministry at Notre Dame, where he lives among undergraduate students in Dillon Hall. His interest in Latino ministry is more than theoretical.