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Untitled [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
The Church in the 2ist Century Center is a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church. C 27 Resources, a compilation of critical analyses and essays on key challenges facing the Church today, is published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College, in partnership with featured authors and publications. C2l RESOURCES EDITORIAL BOARD Jonas Barciauskas Ben Birnbaum Patricia Delaney Thomas Groome Robert Newton Barbara Radtke Jacqueline Regan GUEST EDITOR Hosffman Ospino MANAGING EDITOR Karen K. Kiefer ASSISTANT EDITOR Marilu Del Toro PHOTO EDITOR Elizandra Zapata THE CHURCH I N TH E 21 ST C E NTU RY C E NTE R BOSTON COLLEGE HO COLLEGE ROAD CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS 02467 www.bc.edu/c2l email@example.com Print and Digital production by Progressive Print © 2016 Trustees of Boston College ON THE COVER The Chapel of Our Lady of La Leche Nombre De Dios, America’s first mission, 1565, in St. Augustine, Florida USA ©Bill Brooks/Alamy Stock Photo
CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
CONTENTS 3 American and Catholic in an Increasingly Hispanic Church by Hosffman Ospino 6 The Face of Our Church Is Changing by Catherine E. Shoichet 3 10 Things to Know about Hispanic Catholics by Timothy Matovina 1 0 The Leading Indicator of American Catholicism's Future by Allan Figueroa-Deck, 5.J. The Hispanic Presence in the New Evangelization by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ] 2 Grace in Place of Grace: Growth and Hope at St. Patrick's in Lawrence by Rev. Paul O'Brien 1 4 U.S. Parishes with Hispanic Ministry by Hosffman Ospino 1 6 Not One Size Fits All: Reaching Out to Hispanic Catholic Youth by Ken Johnson Mondragon "1 3 Voices 1 9 The Hope of Catholic Education by Marilu Del Toro 20 Even as U.S. Hispanics Lift Catholicism, Many Are Leaving the Church Behind by Michael Paulson 22 Catechesis among Young Hispanic and Latino Catholics by Alejandro Aguilera-Titus 24 Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church by Hosffman Ospino and Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill 2...
Guest Editor C21 Resources Spring 2016 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
Guest Editor C21 Resources Spring 2016 HOSFFMAN OSPINO is the guest editor of this issue of C 27 Resources. He is an assistant professor in the School of Theology and Ministry and director of graduate programs in Hispanic ministry at Boston College. Ospino holds an MA in theology with a concentration in church history and a Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College.
EVER BECOMING A “CATHOLIC” CHURCH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
EVER BECOMING A “CATHOLIC” CHURCH WE TYPICALLY TAKE it that "catholic" in reference to the Church means universal, and indeed it does. However, the first Christian authors to use it to describe the Church (Ignatius of Antioch, writing circa 106 CE) were well aware of the Greek roots of the term — kata holos —literally "to include all." They were proposing total inclusivity for the Christian community. Perhaps James Joyce captured this best when he wrote in Finnegan's Wake, "catholic means 'here comes everybody.'" But then, we might ask, what does each particular "everybody" bring to the holos (whole). Part of the genius of Catholic Christianity is its ability to inculturate into any and every context —to become a distinct and yet integral expression of Christian faith within its myriad cultures. Indeed, as recent popes have insisted, preaching the Gospel demands an evangelization of cultures as well as of persons, and likewise that Christian faith become native to each historical co...
American and Catholic in art Increasingly Hispanic Church [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
American and Catholic in art Increasingly Hispanic Church HOSFFMAN OSPINO VISTAS A # \ BREATH OF FRESH air and renewed energy is profoundly transforming the entire U.S. Catholic experience from the ground up in many ways, thanks to the fast-growing Hispanic presence. Hispanics account for 71 percent of the growth of the Catholic population in the country since 1960. In large parts of the South and the West, as well as in a growing number of major urban centers throughout our geography, to speak of U.S. Catholicism is to speak largely of the Hispanic Catholic experience —and vice versa. At the heart of the freshness and new energy that Hispanics add to the life of the Church in the United States are the people. Young people! The median age of U.S. Hispanics is 27. About 40 percent of all Hispanics in the country are under the age of 21. Ninety-three percent of Hispanics younger than 18 are U.S.-born. These are numbers that inspire hope. The potential of any society, or an institution...
THE FACE OF OUR CHURCH IS CHANGING [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
THE FACE OF OUR CHURCH IS CHANGING CATHERINE E. SHOICHET l T WASN’T SOMETHING Msgr. Edward Deliman expected to find inside the church offering basket: an angry message, scrawled on the back of a check. “No more Spanish in the bulletin,” the note said. “Tell them to speak English.” Deliman’s parish, St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, is more than 100 years old. It began in 1903 with a small church built in memory of a railroad contractor who was the son of Irish immigrants and had a summer home nearby. Over the decades, a lot has changed: the names of priests in the pulpit, the size of the church, and the number of people in the pews. But one thing stayed the same: Nearly all of the churchgoers were white. Now that, too, has started to shift. Last year, the Philadelphia Archdiocese announced that the church would merge with Our Lady of Fatima, a largely Latino parish just a few miles down the road. Deliman is easing his church into anew chapter. The note was left in the offe...
10 THINGS TO KNOW about HIspanic Catholics [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
10 THINGS TO KNOW about HIspanic Catholics TIMOTHY MATOVINA (l) Hispanics were the first Roman Catholics in what is now the United States. Spanish-speaking Catholics have lived in what is now the United States for twice as long as the nation has existed. The first diocese in the New World was established in 1511 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, now a commonwealth associated with the United States. Catholic subjects of the Spanish crown founded the first permanent European settlement within the current borders of the 50 states at St. Augustine, Florida, in 1565, four decades before the establishment of the first British colony at Jamestown. @ Hispanics are a very diverse group. Though most struggle with poverty, a growing number of Hispanics are in the middle or even upper classes. Hispanic experiences vary regionally and generationally. There are people from all 22 countries where Spanish is a primary language residing in the United States, the second-largest and most diverse Spanish-speak...
The LEADING INDICATOR OF AMERICAN CATHOLICISM'S FUTURE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
The LEADING INDICATOR OF AMERICAN CATHOLICISM'S FUTURE ALLAN FIGUEROA-DECK, S.J. s xj OCIOLOGISTS OF RELIGION Robert Putnam and David Campbell recently shared with me some initial findings about Latinos and the Catholic Church from their massive study of religion in the United States still in progress. This is their closing remark: “Just as financial observers often speak of ‘leading indicators’ to gauge the state of the economy, we would recommend that the U.S. Conference of Bishops consider Latinos to be the leading indicator of American Catholicism’s future.” Yes, I think most of us would agree with this recommendation of two outstanding researchers since many of us have spent a lifetime trying to make the very same point when it was much less fashionable to do so. Nevertheless, questions remain as to the broader implications and meaning of this sea change in U.S. Catholicism as the Hispanic presence reaches a point of critical mass and becomes in fact “the leading indicator” of ...
The HISPANIC PRESENCE IN THE NEW EVANGELIZATION [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
The HISPANIC PRESENCE IN THE NEW EVANGELIZATION RENEWING THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE “At this moment of grace we recognize the Hispanic community among us as a blessing from God.” With this declaration we began our pastoral letter on the Hispanic presence in our church 12 years ago [USCCB, The Hispanic Presence: Challenge and Commitment, 1984]. Today, at the dawn of a third millennium of Christian history, we wish to reaffirm and expand on this conviction. We affirm that the Hispanic presence in our Church constitutes a providential gift from the Lord in our commitment to that new evangelization to which we are called at this moment of history. We see the present moment as a time of great opportunity. We consider the Hispanic presence in our country a great resource given to us by the Lord himself for our struggle against the culture of death... We called upon our Hispanic brothers and sisters to share with us the prophetic witness of an identity forged by the Catholic faith. T...
GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE GROWTH AND HOPE AT ST. PATRICK'S IN LAWRENCE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE GROWTH AND HOPE AT ST. PATRICK'S IN LAWRENCE REV. PAUL O'BRIEN l N HIS DOCUMENTARY film Scenes from a Parish , James Rutenbeck chronicled four years (2003-2007) in the life of St. Patrick Parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The film explored the complications and struggles of a traditionally Anglo parish in an economically poor city with a majority Hispanic population. Eight years after the conclusion of Rutenbeck’s filming, I regularly receive inquiries from people who have recently watched Scenes from a Parish for the first time, asking, “How are things going at St. Patrick’s these days?” I am happy to report that, fast forwarding to 2016, things are going very well at St. Patrick’s. Life in our parish is still filled with complications and struggles. Our list of unaddressed and unmet pastoral goals is long. However, we are a congregation that now mirrors the actual ethnic diversity of our neighborhood, is filled with families, and is growing. Spiritual, cat...
U.S. PARISHES with HISPANIC MINISTRY [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
U.S. PARISHES with HISPANIC MINISTRY HOSFFMAN OSPINO Of the 17,337 Catholic parishes in the United States, about 4,500 (or 26 percent) offer some form of organized ministry specifically oriented to serving the spiritual and pastoral needs of Hispanic Catholics, mostly in Spanish. io Signs of Vitality (1) The parish remains a very important institution for U.S. Hispanic Catholics to build community and celebrate their faith. On average, parishes with Hispanic ministry have larger numbers of Catholics attending Mass compared to all parishes nationwide. Approximately two-thirds of all baptisms in these communities are celebrated in Spanish. (2) Catholicism in parishes with Hispanic ministry is a de facto bilingual and bicultural experience. (3) Ministry in parishes serving Hispanics is neither a homogeneous nor a static reality. (4) Apostolic movements in parishes with Hispanic ministry are sources of much pastoral energy. (5) Anew generation of young Hispanic pastoral leaders is emerg...
Not One Size Fits All REACHING OUT TO HISPANIC CATHOLIC YOUTH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2016
Not One Size Fits All REACHING OUT TO HISPANIC CATHOLIC YOUTH KEN JOHNSON MONDRAGON LaTINO/A CHILDREN ARE already about half of all Catholics under age 18 in the United States, and Latino/as are poised to become the majority of all Catholics in less than 40 years. Thus, the pastoral work of our Church in this century will be shaped by a tremendous demographic shift to a majority Hispanic population. In this context, we must ask ourselves: Is our Church prepared to address this change constructively through leadership development and pastoral services that meet the needs of the whole Catholic community? Bringing forth a commitment to the Church among young Latino/as will require a systematic effort to create welcoming programs that address their concerns and pastoral needs. In this regard, the alienating effects of linguistic, cultural, and social differences among youth ministry participants are often overlooked. The variety of pastoral circumstances found among just the young Hispa...