Opportunities and Challenges in Latino Ministry (IOCF)
Presented by Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Father Joseph Williams and Mr. Jason Adkins.
Latino immigration during the past 30 years has made many dioceses of the United States de facto mission territories. The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is no exception. The Hispanic population in Minnesota climbed from 54,000 in 1990 to 271,000 in 2013. This presents tremendous opportunities for our local church – some even speak of a Latino “moment” – but also tremendous challenges. One of these challenges is stemming the tide of Latinos who are leaving the Catholic faith for other faiths or for no faith at all.
Another challenge is clearly proclaiming the Catholic social teaching on the dignity and rights of migrants in a society that is increasingly divided on issues related to immigration. The Archdiocese has faced these challenges nobly during the past 30 years. This pastoral study day will help us to learn from our evangelization successes in Latino Ministry and, perhaps as importantly, help us to see our Latino brothers and sisters as “Guadalupe’s flowers,” who are a sign of God’s blessing upon our local church and a hope for a new evangelization of our culture.
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