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Instituto Fe y Vida Announces Affiliation with Lewis University and Strategic Restructuring

Instituto Fe y Vida Announces Affiliation with Lewis University and Strategic Restructuring March 9, 2015

Patricia Jiménez is the webmaster for USHM and has worked for over 20 years in the areas of youth ministry, catechesis, and teaching and administering lay formation programs. Patty has experience in parish, academia, and diocesan ministry and has been a speaker at local, regional, and national events. She received her Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Hispanic and Latino Theology and Ministry at Barry University in Miami, Florida, a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Ministry for a Multicultural Church from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Ca. Her interests are technology and new media, cross-cultural administration, Franciscan spirituality, and Hispanic Theology and Ministry. Patricia Jiménez es webmaster de U.S. Hispanic Ministry. Ha trabajado por más de 20 años en las áreas de la pastoral juvenil, la catequesis, enseñando y administrando programas de formación. También ha trabajado y colaborado en parroquias e instituciones académicas y diócesis; ha sido conferencista en eventos locales, regionales y nacionales. Obtuvo su doctorado en Ministerios, con especialidad en la Pastoral y Teología Hispana/Latina en Barry University en Miami Shores, Florida, su Maestría en Estudios Teológicos y una Maestría en Ministerios Multiculturales de la Escuela Franciscana de Teología en Berkeley, California. Actualmente sus intereses son los medios de comunicación, nuevas tecnologías, la administración intercultural, la espiritualidad Franciscana, y la Teología y Pastoral Hispana.

Stockton, California, March 6, 2015

Instituto Fe y Vida (Fe y Vida) announces its affiliation with Lewis University, in Romeoville, IL, a De La Salle Christian Brothers university, starting May of 2015. This affiliation, which includes opening offices on the Lewis University campus, will lead to innovative strategies to strengthen and advance Fe y Vida’s mission to empower young Catholic Latinos for leadership in Church and society. Today, Latinos make up more than half of the young Catholic Church in the United States.

instituto-fe-y-vidaA new dawn for Fe y Vida’s ministries is in the works. Emerging from this restructuring, Fe y Vida will focus on pastoral formation programs and resources for ministry with Catholic Latino youth and young adults in the US, and on bringing the Word of God to Latino young people and families throughout the Americas. The first official activity of Fe y Vida in its new home will be the 2015 Annual Summer Program, which will take place at Lewis University, June 28-July 4. This will be the 21st Summer Program; about 120 young adult leaders along with diocesan and parish ministers are expected to attend.

Dr. Carmen M. Cervantes, Executive Director of Instituto Fe y Vida, said of this new stage in the life of the Institute: “This is an exciting and dynamic time for Fe y Vida just at the time of the 20th Anniversary of its foundation. It is a kairos, bringing countless blessings and new opportunities, although hard decisions had to be made.”

Br. James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, welcomes this new relationship with Fe y Vida: “Instituto Fe y Vida, under the very capable leadership of Dr. Carmen Cervantes, is nationally known for its work and publications in support of Hispanic youth and young adult ministry. The various dimensions of this new partnership will benefit Lewis University and Fe y Vida in numerous, enriching ways that advance our respective Missions. We are excited about the opportunities that will emerge from this new collaboration and we look forward to welcoming Fe y Vida to campus this spring.”

Br. Larry Schatz, FSC, Provincial, Christian Brothers of the Midwest, and President of Fe y Vida Board of Directors, expressed the following: “In terms of the Lasallian Catholic Mission that both Lewis and Fe y Vida carry out so well, this is a significant ‘win-win’ for both institutions.”

The most difficult part of the restructuring plan was the closing of the Research and Resource Center, and consequently the elimination of the position held by Ken Johnson- Mondragón. Fe y Vida thanks Ken for his nearly sixteen years in this ministry, especially for his research and publications that are raising national awareness of the importance of targeted service to young Catholic Latinos. Starting in April, Ken will become a member of Fe y Vida’s Senior Pastoral Team and a consultant for Fe y Vida.

For information contact Joe Matty: jmatty@feyvida.org

 

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Patricia Jiménez is the webmaster for USHM and has worked for over 20 years in the areas of youth ministry, catechesis, and teaching and administering lay formation programs. Patty has experience in parish, academia, and diocesan ministry and has been a speaker at local, regional, and national events. She received her Doctorate in Ministry specializing in Hispanic and Latino Theology and Ministry at Barry University in Miami, Florida, a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Ministry for a Multicultural Church from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, Ca. Her interests are technology and new media, cross-cultural administration, Franciscan spirituality, and Hispanic Theology and Ministry. Patricia Jiménez es webmaster de U.S. Hispanic Ministry. Ha trabajado por más de 20 años en las áreas de la pastoral juvenil, la catequesis, enseñando y administrando programas de formación. También ha trabajado y colaborado en parroquias e instituciones académicas y diócesis; ha sido conferencista en eventos locales, regionales y nacionales. Obtuvo su doctorado en Ministerios, con especialidad en la Pastoral y Teología Hispana/Latina en Barry University en Miami Shores, Florida, su Maestría en Estudios Teológicos y una Maestría en Ministerios Multiculturales de la Escuela Franciscana de Teología en Berkeley, California. Actualmente sus intereses son los medios de comunicación, nuevas tecnologías, la administración intercultural, la espiritualidad Franciscana, y la Teología y Pastoral Hispana.