Monday, December 07, 2009
It’s time to return to home for many. Catholics come home is the local Church’s initiative to open its doors to all of her children, particularly those who are troubled, confused, disappointed, misinformed and hurt. As stewards of God’s vineyard we are called to attend to the sacramental, spiritual, formative and social justice needs, among others, of the members of the Body of Christ. Not only those who are “in the house” but also those who are hurt, struggling with their journey of faith, who may have profound differences with Mother Church; those who see themselves “outside of the house.”
Monday, July 20, 2009
Latino Catholics have been called to the task of contributing with their faith, devotions, religious tradition, wisdom and sense of mission for our church. In 1910 the U. S. census revealed the presence of 1,672 foreign born Mexicans in Chicago. At least for the past 50 years the Latino Catholics have been working in bringing to our local church their contribution as people of faith in Jesus Christ and in his church intentionally. Currently, out of a total population of 2,342,000 of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago, 1,200,000 are of Latino origin. In other words, officially 44% of the current population of Catholics in Lake and Cook counties is Hispanic. Out of 357 communities of faith and 10 missions more than 140 have Hispanic ministry in different levels. Some of the blessings are the fact that we have an Office for Hispanic Catholics, three vicariate coordinators, around 170 Hispanic permanent deacons and around 174 priests involved in Hispanic ministry. We have a director of Hispanic communications, a director for Hispanic young adults, and representation as Latino Catholics at the Cardinal’s advisory committee along with 42 archdiocesan Hispanic priests, one Hispanic Bishop and a committed group of parish leaders with lots of enthusiasm in working for the Kingdom of God.