BREAKOUT SESSIONS AT THE
2012 NCADDHM CONFERENCE
The 2012 Conference will feature various breakout sessions to capture the imagination of the attendees. Here are descriptions of the breakouts that will be offered.
THE FUTURE IS NOW: THE BURNING ISSUE OF THE EDUCATION OF OUR LATINO CHILDREN
This session will share facts, figures, data on the situation of education for Hispanics in this country, both in private and public schools. What are the initiatives toward the future? Is it time to organize a network of Catholic Hispanic educators (at all levels and for both Catholic and public schools) ? The National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry is an umbrella organization of organizations involved in Hispanic ministry at all levels (congregations, publishing houses, formation institutes and universities, mission organizations and national organizations). The Education Task Force of NCCHM gathers people interested in education throughout the country. Its mission is to contact groups and organizations involved in education at large (both with Hispanics and in general) and to generate commitment to improve the situation of Hispanics in Education throughout the country.
Presenters: NCCHM Education Task Force Members
WE ARE ONE FAMILY UNDER GOD: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IMMIGRATION.
This session will review the U.S. and Mexican Catholic bishops’ pastoral statement Strangers No Longer
, discuss the Church’s involvement in U.S. immigration policy, present on and answer questions about the U.S. Catholic bishops’ position on immigration, give an overview of the legislative and political landscape concerning immigration, and provide participants with information, tools and simple strategies they may use and share in order to advocate for immigration reform. Inspired by SNL and motivated by the Church’s tradition and teachings on migration, the Bishops have created public policy positions and worked with Catholic church-affiliated organizations “to truly welcome the stranger among us (Mt 25:35).”
Presenters: Justice for Immigrants USCCB Staff
Hispanic Youth Ministry in our reality and moving to the future
This session will speak of the advances and challenges of Hispanic Youth Ministry today including some key statistics so as to understand and value this important ministry. The presenters will share some of the findings by the Instituto Fe y Vida and how it helps to form a Hispanic youth that evangelizes and is missionary. .
Presenters: Carmen Maria Cervantes, EdD from the Instituo Fe yVida
Marilyn Santos from the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
Catholic Universities and Theological Education of Latinos/as for Ministry: The State of the Question
This workshop explores important statistical data, trends, and realities about how Catholic universities and seminaries in the United States are responding (or not) to the growing demand of training Latinos/as and others beyond the Latino/a community, both theologically and ministerially, to serve effectively in ecclesial contexts where Latino/a Catholics are present. Participants are welcomed to join the conversation to envision strategies of dialogue with ecclesial leaders, academic institutions (administrators and faculties), foundations and national organizations to create viable pathways to train ministers who effectively respond to the pastoral needs of half the church in this country, namely Latino/a Catholics. Bring your questions and your proposals.
Presenters: Professor Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, PhD – Loyola Marymount University
Professor Hosffman Ospino, PhD – Boston College
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES: GIVING HOPE TO A WORLD OF NEED
This presentation will share the work of the Catholic Relief Services, carrying out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Carmen Matty Cervantes of CRS Haiti will discuss her work with CRS and her experiences in Burkina Faso, Mali & Haiti. Jesús Huerta will give an overview of the work done in the U.S. and how DD in Hispanic ministry can participate and learn more about how Hispanic Catholics can become engaged in the work done in solidarity of our brothers and sisters around the world.
Presenters: Carmen Matty Cervantes
Dialogue between African American and Hispanic/Latino Bishops and Key Leaders
The session is a panel presentation with African American and Hispanic Latino Bishops sharing issues, challenges, and opportunities facing their respective communities. The Bishops will engage in dialogue with leaders of the two communities and explore ways of collaborating more closely in the future.
Best Practices in Shared Parishes
This interactive session will present how culturally diverse parishes promote catholic identity, a sense of belonging, and a sense of ownership among Hispanic Latinos and other ethnic/cultural groups.
The presentation is based on pastoral practices of 15 parishes that have achieved a high degree of Ecclesial Integration among its cultural diverse members in a spirit of unity and diversity.
Presenter: Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, Assistant Director of the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.