In 2014, LMU played host to the second National Symposium of Catholic Hispanic Ministry, the follow-up to the first symposium which was hosted by Boston College in 2008. Facilitated by the LMU Latino/a Theology and Ministry Initiative, the fruits of the 2014 Symposium where recently published in the new book; Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters.
The book, published by Convivium Press, is available for purchase. The excerpt below offers valuable insight of its contents:
As the twenty-first century continues to unfold with giant steps, U.S. Catholicism experiences major transformations at various levels thanks to the Hispanic presence. In many parts of the country, especially in the South and the West, to speak of Hispanic ministry is to speak of Catholicism in general. Without a doubt, the Church’s evangelizing work in this country and the vitality of Catholic communities will be strengthened in coming years as long as there is generous investment in Hispanic Catholics.
In this book, theologians Hosffman Ospino, Elsie Miranda and Brett Hoover bring together pioneering voices reflecting on what many consider «urgent matters» in our day for Hispanic ministry and the overall U.S. Catholic experience. This collection of essays continues the important conversation that began in the previous work (Volume 1), Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivium, 2010). Edited by Hosffman Ospino, Elsie M. Miranda and Brett Hoover.
The 2014 National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry promoted dialogue, collaboration and pastoral education among ministerial leaders and theologians working in diverse Hispanic/Latino contexts. The symposium engaged writers and specialists in discussions about Catholic Hispanic Ministry: its mission, evolving cultural identity, pastoral engagement, and among many more.