January 7, 2022
Dear Raíces y Alas 2022 Participant,
Happy New Year! I pray my message finds you well and in good health.
In just four months we will gather to celebrate the 6th National Catholic Leadership Congress on Hispanic Ministry – Raíces y Alas 2022. With a synodal process that has guided this journey from the beginning, the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM) convened Raíces y Alas 2022, an encounter that will be held from April 26 to 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. under the theme: Prophetic Voices – Puentes para una nueva época.
Raíces y Alas 2022 will gather national leadership from pastoral organizations, apostolic movements, religious communities, Catholic publishers, dioceses, parishes, pastoral institutes and universities, among others, for a profound dialogue and in prayer, to discern and develop pastoral responses and initiatives to the ministerial priorities of Families, Social Justice, Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, and Pastoral Formation.
The camino to Raíces y Alas 2022 has been a synodal one where 70 leaders from 63 organizations including eight offices from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, have been sharing, listening to their realities, and in prayerful discernment for more than a year; walking in pastoral de conjunto, to respond to the challenges we face as a church and as Latinos. We will bring those voices to Raíces y Alas 2022 for community discernment, where several of our bishops, including the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Christophe Pierre will accompany us, presiding the Raíces y Alas 2022 Mass in the National Basilica Shrine of The Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC on April 27.
To ensure your full participation, we kindly ask that you arrive by 1 PM on April 26, 2022 for hotel check-in, Raíces y Alas 2022 registration and pick up of congress badges, program, and materials. The national congress concludes on April 30, 2022, at 1 PM.
On April 27, Raíces y Alas 2022 participants will take part in a Day of Advocacy and prayer at the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC; from April 28-30, we will focus on the four pastoral priorities of the national congress. Please plan your trip and flights accordingly, so that you can participate and benefit from the entire congress. We are sharing a schedule with the times of our gatherings. The Pastoral Priority Sessions, Panels, and Speakers will be announced on Feb. 1, 2022.
To insure the health of safety of all Raíces y Alas 2022 participants, NCCHM will offer on-site rapid testing of COVID for all in-person participants who would like to take it, since we will be sitting together for our meals.
May the days gathered in Raíces y Alas 2022 be for all of us a profound experience of Synodality and Church. On behalf of NCCHM’s Board of Directors, it will be an honor and blessing to welcome you to Raíces y Alas 2022, to share together in this synodal path of a church on mission as Pope Francis has called us.
Sincerely in Christ,
Raíces y Alas 2022 National Chair