Hispanic ministry

Senate passes immigration reform; Mo. Catholic Conference gave strong support

Maria del Alba Rodriguez and her sister, Rosa Maria Villalba, shouted slogans as people rallied for comprehensive immigration reform in April near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Demonstrators urged lawmakers to support a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

Attention turns to the U.S. House of Representatives after Senate passage of a major overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

U.S. Senate passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Competitiveness, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, by a vote of 68-32 on June 27. 

An earlier 69-29 vote in favor of a border enforcement amendment had indicated passage by a similar majority of the full bill.

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.

Venezuelan-Americans warn of future exodus if unrest at home continues

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- After a four-year labor of love, Valentina Peraza is almost finished creating a 7-foot-tall painting of St. Charbel, the Maronite monk and beloved saint of Lebanon, which she hopes to present to the parish of her childhood in Venezuela's oil-rich state of Monagas.

She has plenty of concerns about getting the painting to Venezuela; obtaining a copyright and assuring safe transportation of her work are among them.

'Pruébatelo' video project presents opportunity for Hispanic young adults to evangelize

Alfredo Gomez, left, and Gloria DeAvila visited with friends before the premiere of “Pruébatelo” April 14 at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester. The screening was followed by a performance by rap and hip-hop artist Dy-Verse CMC, whose music is used in the videos.

A group of Hispanic Catholic young adults has set out to show how the simple act of gathering around the table for a meal can become an opportunity for evangelization.

Six young adults recently shared their stories in "Pruebatelo," a video project that was the collaboration of the Dominican friars of preachingfriars.org; Jornadas, a local movement for Hispanic young adults; and the archdiocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry. Pruébatelo is an imperative that means "to taste" or "to savor."

La Posada Providencia reaches out to those seeking asylum

A pregnant woman, her husband and their 5-year-old daughter fled what they felt was life-threatening persecution in their home country. They entered the United States without documentation and were detained by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

Immigration reform discussed in a civil tone

The U.S. Catholic bishops do not condone unlawful entry or
circumventions of our nation’s immigration laws. The bishops believe
that reforms are necessary in order for our nation’s immigration system
to respond to the realities of separated families and labor demands that
compel people to immigrate to the United States, whether in an
authorized or unauthorized fashion.

Our nation’s economy
demands foreign labor, yet there are insufficient visas to meet this

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