Effective Outreach to US-Born Hispanic Youth

Effective Outreach to US-Born Hispanic Youth

Effective Outreach to US-Born Hispanic Youth

by April 2, 2015

This year’s NCCL Pre-Conference, organized by the Federation of Catechesis with Hispanics (FCH), will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015 in Buffalo, New York.

The theme this year came as a result of Dr. Hosffman Ospino’s presentation on the summary of the results from his National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry, which was presented at NCCL 2014. The study found many new insights, but one in particular is the need to invest in more resources and better pastoral outreach to los jovenes, particularly U.S.-born Hispanic youth. A vast majority of U.S. Hispanic Catholics were born and raised in the U.S. yet more pastoral attention has been given to Hispanic immigrants, primarily because they are the most active and committed to parish life. Meanwhile, many young jovenes are falling away from the faith—for numerous reasons.

So, who are U.S.-born Hispanics? Why are they usually not as active in their Catholic faith as Hispanic immigrants? What is needed to best reach them pastorally? How much do they differ from Hispanic immigrants and is it better to integrate or separate them in faith formation?

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