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Rev. Ray Rodriguez, Director

Fr. Ray RodriguezFr. Ray is Pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Church in Worland, Wyoming. To reach him, please email: rrodriguez@dioceseofcheyenne.org or call the church office at 307.347.2450.

Eva Estorga, Diocesan Regional Coordinator

Fr. Ray RodriguezEva Estorga is the Diocesan Regional Coordinator. Eva's email is: eestorga@dioceseofcheyenne.org


Historical Memory of Hispanic Ministry

Historical Memory of Hispanic Ministry Cornerstone of Encuentro & Mission: Novo Millennio Ineunte

The titles chosen for Encuentro & Mission are inspired by John Paul II's pastoral letter Novo Millennio Ineunte, in which the Holy Father echoes Jesus' invitation to the apostles to "put out into the deep" for a catch – "Duc in altum." These words ring out for us today, inviting us to remember the past of Hispanic ministry with gratitude, to live the present challenges and opportunities with enthusiasm, and to look forward to the future of Hispanic ministry with confidence. (E&M #2)

Ecclesial Vision of Hispanic Ministry

Hispanic Catholics have developed a vision of ministry inspired by the social and ecclesiological context of the Second Vatican Council in the United States and in Latin America. This vision is articulated in the Pastoral Plan as a model of Church that seeks to strengthen communion and participation with a strong emphasis on evangelization, social justice, and the integral education of the faithful. (E&M #12) Remembering the Past with Gratitude: Historical Memory This historic development is evidenced in its gestation/birth process:

A National Office is established in San Antonio, Texas (1945) Pastoral efforts are undertaken in heavily Hispanic populated areas, particularly among migrant workers The National Office for the Spanish-Speaking moves to Washington, D.C. (1968) Most Rev. Patrick F. Flores becomes first Hispanic bishop in the U.S. (1970)

Integration vs. Assimilation

Integration is not to be confused with assimilation. Through the policy of assimilation, new immigrants are forced to give up their language, culture, values, and traditions… By integration we mean that our Hispanic people are to be welcomed to our church institutions at all levels. They are to be served in their language when possible, and their cultural values and religious traditions are to be respected. Beyond that, we must work toward mutual enrichment through interaction among all our cultures. (NPPHM #4)

PRIORITIES

Grassroots consultation process identifies pastoral priorities:

  • Evangelization - Integral Education - Social Justice - Youth and Young Adults- Leadership Formation - A National Office is established in San Antonio, Texas (1945)

  • Pastoral efforts are undertaken in heavily Hispanic populated areas, particularly among migrant workers

The Hispanic Presence: Challenge & Commitment

Faith and life are inseparable for Hispanics: Profound respect for the dignity of each person: Deep and reverential love for family life: Marvelous sense of community and "fiesta": Loving appreciation for God's gift of life: Authentic and consistent devotion to Mary (HPCC #3)