The Hispanic community is the fastest growing population among U.S. Catholics. Though our Latino brothers and sisters have brought with them the rich, vibrant faith traditions that have been carried on through generations, many poor mission dioceses do not have the resources to support their pastoral outreach. It is more important than ever to support new Hispanic leaders in our dioceses who can address the spiritual needs of Hispanic Catholics throughout the country. That is why Catholic Extension has launched the Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative. Through this initiative, we have committed to invest in these leaders who can mobilize and strengthen our Catholic communities across the United States, providing an immediate and long-term impact within the entire Catholic Church.
The Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative will create and help fund 100 salaried, lay leadership positions for non-ordained Hispanic Catholic leaders over a three-year period. With your support, these outstanding
professional leaders will be in a unique position to address the specific needs of the communities they serve. They will become the faith formation leaders, youth and family ministers, and religious education coordinators who will engage Catholics and implement programs that will build capacity within the church.
With the right resources, new Hispanic leaders will cultivate future leadership and stewardship from within the Hispanic community. Outreach to this growing community means that every Catholic, no matter what their ethnicity, will experience a richer faith and a stronger, more united Catholic Church.
Published on Sep 5, 2012 by cathextension