Over 100 Hispanic and other Catholic leaders including bishops, priests, religious, educators, and philanthropists gathered in San Antonio for a national symposium on
Hispanic Leadership and Philanthropy for a 21st Century Church
. The symposium was sponsored by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC), and the University of the Incarnate Word.
Presenters included Dr. Arturo Chávez, president & CEO of
MACC, Dr. Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic Ministry and Education at Boston College’s School of Theology, Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, Estela Villagrán Manancero, director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and president of NCADDHM, María del Mar Muñoz-Visoso, executive director of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James Dubik, chairman of the Leadership Roundtable, and Alexia Kelley, president and CEO of FADICA, among others. Partipants included Elisabeth Román, NCCHM president, Rev. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale, president of LaRed National Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, Rev. Rafael Capó, Sch.P. executive director of the Southeast Pastoral Institute, Dr. Carmen Cervantes, executive director of Instituto Fe y Vida, and Javier Bustamante, director of the Catholic Youth Foundation USA, among a long list of others.
The symposium was held to create a greater understanding of the Hispanic experience of church, expand joint learning, strengthen strategic partnerships, showcase successful initiatives and best practices, and identify future opportunities. The sessions focused on organizational leadership & capacity, youth/young adult leadership and education, and philanthropic leadership. The challenges and opportunities facing Catholic Hispanics were discussed.
The group was welcomed to San Antonio by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Gómez at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.