SEPI WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM
by ENAVE on May 21, 2020 at 7:51 PM
Pope Francis appoints Rev. Ramon Bejarano as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego.
by ENAVE on February 28, 2020 at 9:18 PM
New National leaders join ENAVE
by ENAVE on February 26, 2020 at 8:22 PM
New National leaders join ENAVEMeet our new national leaders who are now part of ENAVE, the National Team of accompaniment for the V Encuentro. Delila A. Vasquez Delila A. Vasquez is the Executive Director of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.). Born in Ecuador from a bi-cultural family, Ecuadorian / Argentinian migrated to California at 16 years of Age. Graduated from Crenshaw High School and started college studies at Mount St. Mary’s University. Delila has grown as a leader serving families in various capacities. From teaching in preschool classrooms to guiding professionals and small business owners, she has created a legacy for our community by sharing resources and supporting self-development. Her prior pre-school students from the St. Joseph Homeless Child Care and Parenting Program are now professionals who reach out to her to share their success and her influence in their early development. From working with homeless families, incarcerated mothers, teen moms, preschool professionals and Catholic schools she has learned to value life and the ties of community. All her experiences are bound to the service of the family, single parent and /or traditional family unit. Delila holds a degree in Interdisciplinary studies and an ECE Directors Permit that allowed her to work with preschool programs from teaching, to directorship and consulting. She acquired a Masters in Leadership and Organizational Studies that has granted her the privilege to work with small business owners, community organizations and developing scholarship opportunities for Catholic Schools in San Bernardino. She is currently attending a master’s program in Theology to be better equipped as she serves the Catholic Latino Leaders in the US. As a mother she has raised three wonderful daughters with her husband of 30 years. Her daughters are the center of her leadership. She states, “When I make decision I always think what would advise my daughters to do, and then take action.” Sharing information is at the heart of her service, having served and created services for families living in the peripheries, she empowers families by sharing resources that inform families and allow them to make decisions. José J. Matos Auffant José J. Matos Auffant is the Executive Director for Mission at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX fostering formation of faith through University Ministry and Marianist programs for students, staff and faculty. José coordinates “Messengers of Faith and Hope” annual summer Hispanic Ministry Training for Campus Ministers and Young Adults. He is a delegate of the Archdiocese of San Antonio for the V Encuentro process, also representing St. Mary’s University at the National Dialogue and La Red de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, José worked at the Pontifical Mission Societies coordinating missionary awareness programs for youth and young adults, as well as in Colegio San José – Marianist College Preparatory with Juventud Misionera and Marianist L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experiences) youth ministry summer conferences. He represents La RED on ENAVE. Charleen Katra Charleen Katra assumed the position of Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) in December of 2019. Charleen has extensive experience in catechesis and special education, and has authored two books, The Adaptive Teacher and How to Talk to Children about People with Disabilities. In her previous position as Associate Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, she chaired archdiocesan disability ministry conferences, provided extensive training and support to parish leadership and parishioners, partnered with the Houston Mayor’s office, MD Anderson hospital and Catholic chaplains at various hospitals to raise awareness and better serve the community. Katra has served on NCPD’s Board of Directors in 2018 and 2019. In the past year she has hosted a weekly radio program, In God’s Image, which is available on podcasts. She has served as a consultant and speaker on the topic of inclusion both in Texas and across the country for the past twenty years. Matthew Smith Matt Smith began at Our Sunday Visitor Institute in February 2020 as the Director of Strategic Alliances. Previously, he was at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana which he joined as a professor in 2002. Smith’s responsibilities at the university increased in scope with his initial appointment as the university’s Director of Writing, followed by Department Chair, Director of General Education, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement. In the last six years, Smith helped secure more than $33 million in grants and gifts to the university. As OSVi’s Director of Strategic Alliances, Matt will manage existing relationships while generating new opportunities on a national basis with Catholic institutions, service providers, start-up businesses, and Catholic ministries. The post New National leaders join ENAVE first appeared on V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics Federación para la Catequesis con Hispanos
New FCH Membership Officer!
by FCH on April 2, 2019 at 2:11 AM
Socorro Lagarda-Quiroz is the Hispanic Ministry Director for the Diocese of Monterey in California. One important responsibility of her position is the Migrant Ministry that provides pastoral care to families of farmworkers living in the peripheries of the diocese. Previously she worked, for over 30 years, in the banking and scholastic industries in Los Angeles County. Socorro holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA., of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She has over 22 years of experience in church ministry. The post New FCH Membership Officer! first appeared on Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics.
Reflections on the V National Encuentro
by FCH on April 2, 2019 at 1:58 AM
By Ana Maria Alstrum Director of Hispanic Catechesis Archdiocese of Hartford The V National Encuentro on September 20-23, 2018, in Grapevine, TX, brought together the delegates from parishes of the XIV Regions across the United States with Hispanic/Latino communities. I was one of the 14 delegates from the Archdiocese of Hartford in Region I The post Reflections on the V National Encuentro first appeared on Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics.
Fall & Winter Newsletter 2018/2019
by FCH on April 2, 2019 at 12:21 AM
Dear Members of FCH, I write to you with many joys to share. Over the summer we held elections and we now have a fully complete leadership team. I invite you to visit our website www.FCHcatechesis.org/our-team/in order to view the new FCH Officers. As many of you know, this past September 2018, the V Encuentrotook place in Grapevine, Texas. FCH was present as an exhibitor and we had an amazing time meeting the enthusiastic delegates from all over the nation and speaking with them about catechetical ministry in their area. I had the honor of co-facilitating the session on Faith Formation and Catechesisand being one of the presenters for the topic of the Care for Creation. I got to join a few of the regional breakout conversations as well. One of my favorite experiences was speaking as a panelist for the Bishop and Young Adult Dinner Encounter. I shared some of my observations and concerns as a young adult in the church today. In the end, I feel all those present at the V Encuentro left with a tremendous sense of hope, a spirit of community, and the responsibility to take our discipleship to a whole new level of commitment. How exciting for our Church! Therefore, based on last year’s FCH Post-Conference and some of the key topics from V Encuentro, our theme for this year’s FCH Pre-Conferenceis, “Nurturing the Hungry Heart” and we will focus on families and young people. We wish to address the following three insights taken from last year’s gathering: (1) cultivate richer and stronger partnerships between Hispanics and non-Hispanics, (2) form future leaders through new and innovative ways, and (3) develop strategies to empower parish leaders to accompany families in their faith formation. Our speakers this year include the NCCL Vice-President, Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy, and the MC from the V Encuentro, Armando Cervantes. I hope that you would consider joining us! I would like to end on a bitter-sweet note. This NCCL/FCH conference will be my last as FCH President. I have served the FCH Board for six years, three as Communications Officer and the three as President. Words cannot express how amazing these past years have been for me and it has truly been an honor to serve as a member of the FCH Leadership Team. Back in October 2018, I stepped down from my own diocesan job, so I think the timing is perfect and all will be complete because I have chosen to make motherhood my one and only ministry. I pray that this federation be led by someone with new energy and ideas, and who can fully and boldly dedicate themselves to the mission of FCH. I thank all those who I worked with during my time with FCH, especially the FCH Officers whom served on the Board with me. I have been inspired by each and every one of you! I also thank those who believed in me enough to see me as President of FCH as well as those who constantly challenged me to be and do better. Thank you my sisters and brothers in Christ. It has been an honor! God bless each one of you, your families, and your ministry. Paz,Miriam HidalgoFCH President The post Fall & Winter Newsletter 2018/2019 first appeared on Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics.