Fr. Wayne Cavalier, OP and Mr. Alejandro Siller-Gonzalez, participated in the 2014 National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry held on June 23-25, 2014 in California. The Symposium was hosted by Loyola Marymount-University was co-sponsored by several Catholic universities and organizations, Catholic publishers and the Congar Institute for Ministry Development. The Symposium was planned over the course of four years which included research, writing and national consultations.
During the Symposium meeting itself, the participants, ranging from senior scholars, to directors of key organizations, to local diocesan leadership, to specialized experts in particular and discrete areas, focused on the Symposium’s goal which was to actively forge close ties between the grassroots communities and all those whose expertise and training is oriented toward serving them and promoting their flourishing, as together we build the reign of God.
Participation in the Symposium was by invitation only. Every effort was made to include leaders with a level of expertise that could contribute a variety of perspectives and productive challenges to the issues under discussion. Aware that many church and community organizations are working creatively, the symposium aimed to connect these, and to move shared interests forward by convening a national conversation. Modeled on dialogue and consultation, the process provided resources for wrestling with the urgent issues that constantly emerge in the context of Hispanic ministry. Eighty-three invited participants representing forty-one different cities were present.
All participants were invited to contribute to timely and thoughtful dialogue as part of one of the following working groups:
- Hispanic Ministry and Education
- Hispanic Ministry and Immigration
- Hispanic Ministry and Post-Immigrant Youth
- Hispanic Ministry at the Parish and in the Movements
- Hispanic Ministry, New and Old Media, and Technology
- Hispanic Ministry, Religious Literacy and Engagement with the Bible
- Hispanic Ministry and Latino/a Leadership Development
- Hispanic Ministry and the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean
Fr. Wayne Cavalier, OP, PhD, Director of the Congar Institute, who also participated in the first symposium in Boston College in 2009, participated in the topic of Hispanic Ministry and Latino/a Leadership Development. Alejandro Siller –Gonzalez, Assistant Director for Hispanic Programs, participated in the topic of Hispanic Ministry and the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean. A book will be published in 2015 that will include the enrichment of the symposium’s discussions.
At the Congar Institute we are honored to have participated in these discussions, contributing from our experiences while also learning from other experts in their own areas within the field of Hispanic Ministry. Our participation will certainly enrich and grow our capacity to better serve those in need of Hispanic Ministry formation.
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(Note: The information and excerpts for this article were taken from the National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry, a Report in Brief from the National Coordinating Committee that includes: Loyola Marymount University Latino Theology & Ministry Initiative, Barry University and Boston College.)