As the Hispanic population in Los Angeles and the greater United States continues to grow, LMU Extension has undertaken several initiatives to serve this important Catholic community including increased training of bilingual and bicultural pastoral ministers, strengthening ties to pastoral leaders and ministry practitioners, and sponsoring the Regional Summer Seminar on Formation for Hispanic Ministry.
Due in part to this outreach by LMU Extension, Loyola Marymount University was invited to cosponsor the National Symposium on the Present and Future of Catholic Hispanic Ministry in the United States at Boston College in 2009.
The conversations of that Symposium were later published as Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future, which has become a respected resource on Hispanic pastoral ministry in the United States.
In the summer of 2014, LMU will host the second National Symposium with a consortium of sponsoring institutions: Barry University, Boston College, Fordham University, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, University of Notre Dame, and the Congar Institute of San Antonio.
The second symposium, which has been warmly welcomed by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, will engage scholars and specialists in seven different topic areas. Their reflections will be published following the conference.
The second symposium is facilitated by the LMU Latino/a Theology and Ministry Initiative. The steering committee includes Cecilia González-Andrieu, Allan Deck, S.J., Brett Hoover, Robert Hurteau, and Jeffrey Siker of Loyola Marymount University, along with Elise Miranda of Barry University and Hosffman Ospino of Boston College.