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Latino Women´s Role in Family Faith Formation

Latino Women´s Role in Family Faith Formation October 13, 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.

The family is the cradle where the seed of the faith is planted and nurtured. In the Latino/Hispanic family, it has been the women in the family, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and godmothers, who have taken upon them the responsibility to nurture the faith. They have kept the traditions passed to them by other women in their families to pass them to the new generations.

Tradition doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it is embedded in our culture and our way of living. It is in “lo cotidiano” “the everyday life”, and expressed through the popular religiosity that we have inherited from past generations. Either by praying aloud, doing the sign of the cross before leaving the house or by displaying in our homes pictures and statues in different sizes and shapes of Jesus, Mary and the saints, we are performing faith. Popular Catholicism is called ‘popular’ because it arises from the people’s need to express their faith.

Mostly women take a more active participation in the life of the church, mainly in catechesis and sacramental preparation as a continuation of the task of catechizing their own children at home. They also helped in the organization of religious feasts and the needed settings for the church festivities. For them to help in the church is a privilege and an honor that they carry on with respect, reverence and gratitude to be able to serve in “La casa de Dios”, “The house of God”.

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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.