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6th National Catholic Congress on Hispanic Ministry

Washington, DC, 26-30 April 2022


The National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry -NCCHM-, which brings together the main institutions related to the Hispanic Ministry in the United States, is gathering national leaders for the 6th National Catholic Congress Raíces y Alas that will take place in Washington, DC, from April 26 to 30 2022 under the theme:

Prophetic voices:

Being bridges for a new era

Hispanic Ministry leaders from pastoral organizations, apostolic movements, religious communities, Catholic publishers, dioceses, educational institutions, and eight USCCB offices, among others, will gather for an in-depth dialogue to discern and develop pastoral responses and initiatives to the ministerial priorities of:

Over 70 leaders from 64 organizations are praying, discerning, and preparing for Raíces y Alas 2022, for an in-depth dialogue to discern and develop pastoral responses and initiatives to the ministerial priorities documented in the Conclusions of the V Encuentro and in the post-pandemic reality.

Responses and actions steps from the congress will be presented to the USCCB as the leadership’s contributions for the national pastoral framework or Hispanic ministry plan being proposed by the bishops.


We are convinced that the synodal path is essential for a church called to be prophetic, responding boldly to the signs of the times.

We believe that ENCOUNTER, LISTENING and common DISCERNMENT are central characteristics of a church in mission.

From the Ecclesial Assembly of Latin America
to the Synod of Bishops on Synodality

Now is the time for leadership

Now is the time for the leadership who serve in Hispanic ministry to discern with our bishops on the actions we are called to take in response to the voices of the V Encuentro.

This is a call to action at a time when our people face even greater challenges. Things are not the same in our ministries, dioceses, and parishes in the aftermath of a pandemic that has severely impacted Hispanic and Black communities. 

We will gather leaders in Pastoral de Conjunto, in synodality, and in prayer, so that together we can reflect on the pastoral initiatives needed for the present reality and act accordingly.

with the presence & contribution of:

Congress location

Doubletree by Hilton in Arlington, Virginia
300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA 22202


The organizers of Raíces y Alas must comply with the COVID policies of the State of Virginia, the Diocese of Arlington, Archdiocese of Washington, and the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton. As of April 1, 2022, there are currently no mandates for masks, testing, or vaccines requirements in these jurisdictions. Raíces y Alas will have COVID-19 Rapid Tests available if you wish to be tested. COVID-19 testing will be on a volunteer basis and not mandatory. We do highly recommend and beg that, in order to protect your brothers and sisters, you be tested and if you are feeling sick, please stay home and rest.