hispanic ministry

Hispanic ministries seek unity, integration through V Encuentro process

Leaders of Hispanic ministry in the United States carry the V Encuentro cross to the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 26 at the Vatican. The leaders were on a five-day pilgrimage to the Vatican in preparation for launching the four-year Encuentro process in the United States.

VATICAN CITY — Carrying a tall wooden cross over the threshold of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, a U.S. delegation brought the concerns of the country's Hispanic Catholics to the heart of the Church.

In a political climate marked by angry rhetoric, fear and division, U.S. bishops and others who minister to the Hispanic and Latino community are focused on "communion, unity, and service," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of Dallas.

Embrace, love people is advice to Hispanic leaders at 'Heart to Heart Talk' in Ferguson

The Heart to Heart Talk — una charla, Corazón a Corazón — grew out of curiosity mainly, arising from the juxtaposition of the national Hispanic ministry conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to Ferguson, just five miles away, and violence there starting with the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer just about two years ago.

A diverse past, present and future

Mariachi musician Fabian Pena, of the group Mariachi Juvenil Guadalupano, received the Precious Blood during the weekly Spanish language Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester June 29. The group participated in the Mass while visiting St. Louis from Monterrey, Mexico.
Photo by Sid Hastings

St. Joseph Parish of Manchester started as a small pioneer outpost in the first half of the 1800s, a mission called St. Malachy at which the pastor from St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood held Mass for Irish Catholics who had migrated into the area to build the railroads.

Then, in 1865, after an influx of German immigrants, a parish was constituted and St. Joseph was born, near the crossroads of two dirt trails -- now Woods Mill and Manchester roads -- about 25 miles from the Cathedral by the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Our pilgrim life in Christ

F. Javier Orozco

In our Western culture of plenty, it is often difficult to image living in scarcity. We not only have easy access to things we need, but we have grown accustomed to getting what we want.

It can be easy for us to move between mega-malls and mega-churches without having to pause and reflect on what our deepest needs and desires might be. And so we build bigger and bigger places to stock up on all those things we tell ourselves that we need. The small family corner market has been transformed into the big-box store, promising to give us all we need for our long stay.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Possessions that matter

F. Javier Orozco

In a culture of plenty, it is not difficult for us to be tempted by and acquiesce to the need to acquire innumerable possessions in our lives. In fact, much of our social interactions and conversations with others center on our ability to tell others about all the things we have.

National family life conference comes to St. Louis this July

A special conference coming to St. Louis this summer promises to offer content that will appeal to anyone interested in fostering Catholic family life.

The National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers will hold its annual international conference Wednesday-Saturday, July 17-20, at the Millennium Hotel Downtown. The organization provides support and professional enrichment for those who minister to families. The archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life and Office of Hispanic Ministry are serving as local hosts.

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