Priority Social Justice

Social Justice & Human Development in Hispanic/Latino Ministry

From the time of its beginnings as an organized pastoral ministry in the Church at the national level, U.S. Hispanic/Latino ministry has embodied the spirit of the Second Vatican Council[1] by emphasizing social justice and human development within its vision of pastoral ministry.[2] This component of our ministry has three main dimensions, all of which are deeply connected to the evangelizing mission of the Church:

1.    Advocating for institutional and structural changes in society and in the Church on behalf of the poor, the suffering, and the outcasts in the peripheries;

2.    Forming, equipping, and accompanying the lay faithful to exercise leadership for the transfor­mation of injustice based on gospel principles and values, starting in their own social environment;

3.    Responding with care to the immediate physical, emotional, spiritual, and developmental needs in the community, with a preferential love for the poor and suffering.

The consistent use of the See-Judge-Act methodology, also known as the Pastoral Circle, has been a profound gift to Hispanic/Latino ministry,[3] allowing it to remain focused on the most urgent and enduring needs in our communities over the last 50 years. At the same time, there is no doubt that much work remains to be done, and we must also admit honestly that the Church in the U.S. has not always been effective at instilling the pastoral vision of Vatican II in the minds and hearts of the faithful. In his Apostolic Exhortation to the young people of the world, Pope Francis was crystal clear about what they—and what we all—are called to do in the world:

The lay vocation is directed above all to charity within the family and to social and political charity. It is a concrete and faith-based commitment to the building of a new society. It involves living in the midst of society and the world in order to bring the Gospel everywhere, to work for the growth of peace, harmony, justice, human rights and mercy, and thus for the extension of God’s kingdom in this world. [Christus Vivit, n. 168]

I know that your young hearts want to build a better world… I ask you also to be protagonists of this transformation. You are the ones who hold the key to the future! Dear young people, please, do not be bystanders in life. Get involved!… Don’t stand aloof, but immerse yourselves in the reality of life, as Jesus did. Above all, in one way or another, fight for the common good, serve the poor, be protagonists of the revolution of charity and service, capable of resisting the pathologies of consumerism and superficial individualism. [CV, n. 174]

 

The Universal Call to Holiness and Formation for the Lay Vocation

Pope Francis emphasizes these aspects of the lay vocation because they lie at the heart of the evangelizing mission of the Church and are core to the Christian vocation to holiness—a calling of all the baptized. This means that works of mercy, justice, peace, and human development are not an optional aspect of the Christian life. Rather, we will be judged on how well we have lived up to these ideals—on how well we have loved as Jesus taught(cf. Mt 25)—so our pastors have a serious duty to form individuals, families, and communities for their role in the transformation of the world.

The Church has nearly 2000 years of practice in explaining the social implications of the Gospel—a practice that has especially flourished in the last 130+ years since the publication of Rerum Novarum. There are teachings to illuminate a vast array of concrete situations in our social lives. In Hispanic/Latino ministry, we see an enduring gap in our people’s understanding of these teachings, calling for an effective and clear explanation of Catholic Social Teaching, starting with its animating principles and values:

·      Social life as directed to the common good. Working for this common good involves all members of society according to their possibilities—no one is exempt, and everyone has the right to enjoy the conditions of social life that are brought about by this quest.

·      The universal destination of all goods. God created the earth and all it contains for the benefit of all, without exclusion or favoritism. This means our social institutions and governing structures must balance two subordinate ideals against one another: the individual right to private property and the duty of a preferential option for the poor in social governance.

·      Social friendship in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable. Solidarity recognizes the interdepen­dence of individuals and peoples and highlights the equality of all in dignity and rights, which cries out for a response to the persistent presence of dramatic inequalities.

·      Subsidiarity regarding the duties of individuals and groups. Subsidiarity insists that the purpose of higher-level authorities is to empower individuals and intermediate groups to fulfill their duties with respect to one another and the common good—not to do it for them.

·      Participation as an organizing principle, especially in democratic governance. This implies that everyone must be included in the political/social domain and is expressed in all the ways we contribute to the cultural, economic, political, and social life of our communities, also at Church.

·      Three core values: truth, freedom, and justice. These values complement one another, with an emphasis on the freedom to pursue our personal vocation to serve the common good in truth and justice; it is not the mistaken view of freedom as the unrestricted exercise of personal autonomy.


Social Justice and Human Development Concerns in the U.S. Hispanic/Latino Reality

In order to be effective in bringing the mercy of God to our people who are suffering, we leaders in Catholic Hispanic/Latino ministry must learn to see the reality of our people as God sees us. This will allow us to embrace everyone more deeply in the communion of the Church, through processes of participation and mission/evangelization. As we prepare for the Raíces y Alas Congress, we are focusing on four main areas of pastoral concern:

·      Human development for human flourishing. Human development is tied to an interrelated network of social capital, services, and opportunities. The wholeness of the person is grounded not only in their material wellbeing, but in their spiritual, emotional, and relational or psychosocial wellbeing. Pope Francis reminds us that this needs to be lived within a context of social friendship in order to be most effective. These building blocks are underdeveloped in many Hispanic/Latino communities, leading to adverse outcomes especially among the young, i.e.: addictions, physical or sexual abuse, depression or suicidal thoughts – often tied to uncertainty about sexual or gender identity, parental incarceration or deportation, teen pregnancy, failing schools, and so on. Although Catholic youth ministry programs and Catholic schools are seemingly positioned to make a difference, many continue to struggle to provide the necessary support.

·      Life issues in support of a culture of life. Recent cultural shifts in the United States demonstrate that concern for the dignity of human life is declining. Our collective response to the crises of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and the ongoing and rising affliction of racism are the latest manifestations, but political violence, murder, abortion, suicide and accidental overdose, domestic violence, gang activity, narco-trafficking, human trafficking, and hate crimes are also increasing, while access to healthcare and mental health services remain a challenge in our communities.

·      Migrants, immigration, and border issues. All of the above issues and concerns apply to the migrant workers, undocumented residents, and refugees/asylum-seekers in our communities, but they are compounded by a broken system that disregards their human dignity. Given their historic and demographic significance for Hispanic/Latino ministry, we consider their needs as a special case.

·      Advocacy and organizing for social change. Advocacy always begins with a focus on the local level, but effective responses may require a broader perspective and a higher level of action to remove obstacles and create systems of support for human life, dignity, and integral human development. While direct service to people in need can never be ignored, there is a great need to strengthen the work for structural change within and on behalf of our Hispanic/Latino communities.

This summary list demonstrates the urgency and importance of the work at hand for Hispanic/Latino ministry in the United States, but on its own it does not tell us what to do. It needs to be informed by the lived experience of our people in local communities throughout the country—our joys and hopes, griefs and anxieties—in order to become a compass for charting effective pastoral responses. As we approach the Raíces y Alas Congress, let us keep in mind our call to be a synodal Church of communion, participation, and mission. In preparation for our time together, please ask yourself and those with whom you serve: What are the priority or urgent needs you see in your community? How is our “walking together” as an ecclesial community carried out in the local diocesan/regional Church, to respond to social injustices? How are we responding as a community of faith/people of God, to be supportive and to practice the works of mercy and Christian solidarity?

 

[1] See Lumen Gentium n. 31, Gaudium et Spes nn. 46-93, and Apostolicam Actuositatem.

[2] To name a few, see USCC, Proceedings of the Primer Encuentro Hispano de Pastoral: June 1972, resolutions 1-8 and 69-74; USCC/NCCB, National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry, 13-15; and USCCB, Encuentro & Mission: A Renewed Pastoral Framework for Hispanic Ministry, nn. 32 and 56.

[3] USCCB, Proceedings and Conclusions of the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (Washington, DC: USCCB, 2019), 24.

Social Justice Team

Team Lead – Esther García

NCPD: National Catholic Partnership on Disability 
Director of Outreach and Diocesan Relations 

Team Lead – Roberto Rojas

Catholic Relief Services

Esther Garcia

Esther Garcia - Lead

egarcia@ncpd.org

Director of Outreach and Diocesan Relations (NCPD)

Esther is passionate about the integration of persons with disabilities to a full participation in the life of the Church. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Master Catechist certificate, Pastoral Formation and Catechetical Leadership from the Diocese of Dallas and Bible Studies from the University of Dallas and has over 30 years of experience as a community and ecclesial volunteer, as well as a catechist.

She is specialized in leading catechetical programs for children, youth, adults, and families. In addition, she leads formation in special education - autism and other disabilities - and early childhood in multicultural communities. Esther was Director of Faith Formation at Sacred Heart Parish in the Diocese of Dallas and teacher at the Autism Treatment Center in Dallas. She is currently the Director of Outreach and Diocesan Relations from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability with headquarters in Washington DC.  

egarcia@ncpd.org

Directora de Extensión Comunitaria y Relaciones Diocesanas

Alianza Nacional Católica Sobre la Discapacidad (NCPD)

Esther está dedicada a fomentar la integración de las personas con discapacidades hacia una completa participación en la vida de la Iglesia.

Tiene una Licenciatura en Comunicaciones, certificado de Maestro Catequista y Formación Pastoral  de la diócesis de Dallas, certificado estudios Bíblicos en la Universidad de Dallas, y más de 30 años de experiencia como voluntaria en proyectos comunitarios y eclesiales, así como catequista.

Esther se especializa en dirigir programas catequéticos para niños, jóvenes, adultos y familias. Asimismo, ella dirige programas de educación especial - autismo y otras discapacidades- y educación de la primera infancia. en comunidades multiculturales. Esther fue Directora de Formación de Fe en la parroquia del Sagrado Corazón en la Diócesis de Dallas y maestra en el Centro de Autismo en Dallas. Es Directora de Extensión Comunitaria y Relaciones Diocesanas en la Alianza Nacional Católica Sobre la Discapacidad con sede en Washington DC.

Roberto Rojas - Lead

Director of Chapter Management - Catholic Relief Services.  Former Senior Advisor for National Hispanic Engagement for CRS from 2014 to 2021.

Director de Formación de Comunidades de Solidaridad. Catholic Relief Services. Anteriormente se desempeñó en CRS como Asesor para Ministerio Hispano a nivel nacional (2014-2021)

Juan Molina Flores

Fr. Juan Molina - Panel Moderator

Fr. Juan Molina
President of MACC - Mexican American Catholic College

 

Fr. Juan Molina, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, is the fifth President of MACC. Besides serving in parish ministry, Fr. Juan served as director of the Collection for the Church in Latin America and as Foreign Policy Advisor for Latin America and Global Trade in the Office of International Justice and Peace, both at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He worked with Catholic Relief Services.

 

Fr. Molina holds a Master of Arts in Spirituality and a Master of Divinity from the Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C.; a Master of Arts in International Political Economy and Development and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from Fordham University.

Fr. Molina has published several works both in Economics and Spirituality, including the book The Impact of Remittances in Developing Countries: Saving, Investment, and School Enrollment.

 

Juan Molina, sacerdote de la Arquidiócesis de San Antonio, es el quinto presidente de MACC, Escuela Católica Mejicano-Estadouniense. Además del ministerio parroquial, el P. Juan ha servido como director de la Colecta para la Iglesia en América Latina y como Asesor de Política Exterior para América Latina y Comercio Global en la Oficina de Justicia y Paz Internacional, ambos en la USCCB. Ha servido también con Catholic Relief Services.

El padre Molina tiene una Maestría en Artes en Espiritualidad y una Maestría en Divinidad de Washington Theological Union en Washington D.C.; una Maestría en Artes en Política Económica Internacional y Desarrollo y un Ph.D. en Economía, ambos de la Universidad de Fordham. Padre Molina ha publicado varios trabajos tanto en economía como en espiritualidad, incluido el libro The Impact of Remittances in Developing Countries: Saving, Investment, and School Enrollment.

Dr. Emilce Cuda - Panelist

Dr. Emilce Cuda is Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

La Dra. Emilce Cuda es Secretaria de la Pontificia Comisión para América Latina y miembro de la Pontificia Academia de Ciencias Sociales.

Jaqueline Romo

Jaqueline Romo - Panelist

Jaqueline Romo was born in Mexico and immigrated to Chicago at the age of two. Growing up between Pilsen and Little Village, two vibrant Mexican communities in Chicago, Jacky was often inspired by the beautiful murals used to tell the stories of her communities’ reality. In addition to her interest in art, she is drawn by the resilience powered by the strong faith her community has displayed time and time again.

Both art and theology has led Jacky to study a master's program in Hispanic Theology and Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union as an Oscar Romero Scholar.

Jacky is passionate about involving art with theology as she also teaches an art program at her local church to students interested in their religious education.

Jaqueline Romo nació en México y emigró a Chicago a la edad de dos años.

Al crecer entre Pilsen y La Villita, dos comunidades mexicanas en Chicago, Jacky a menudo se inspiraba en los hermosos murales que cuentan las historias de la realidad de su gente.

Además de su interés por el arte, se siente atraída por la resiliencia impulsada por la fuerte fe que su comunidad ha demostrado una y otra vez. Tanto el arte como la fe han llevado a Jacky a estudiar un programa de maestría en Teología Hispana y Ministerio en Catholic Theological Union como becaria del programa Oscar Romero.

A Jacky le apasiona involucrar el arte con la teología, ya que también enseña un programa de arte en su iglesia a estudiantes interesados en su educación religiosa. 

 

Ana Garcia-Ashley - Panelist

Ana Garcia-Ashley’s family moved from the Dominican Republic to New York City during the 1960s, fleeing the chaos that followed the murder of three activists who opposed dictator
Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. During her theological studies and organizing, Ana’s conviction deepened that organizing was a divine calling for her—the purpose of the miracle that allowed her and her family to safely emigrate. Ana began her work in Gamaliel in the early 1990s, as Lead Organizer of MICAH (Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope). In 2012, Ana was named Gamaliel’s next Executive Director. Under her leadership the organization has rekindled the 1,000 interfaith congregations that belong to Gamaliel’s affiliate organizations through community organizing. She splits her home life between Franklin, Wisconsin and Atlanta, Georgia, and is a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Milwaukee.

La familia de Ana Garcia-Ashley se mudó de la República Dominicana a la ciudad de Nueva York durante la década de los 60, huyendo del caos que siguió tras el asesinato de tres activistas que se opusieron al dictador Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Durante sus estudios teológicos y la organización, Ana profundizó la convicción de que organizar era un llamado divino para ella—el propósito del milagro que le permitió a ella y a su familia emigrar con seguridad. Ana comenzó su trabajo con Gamaliel a comienzos de la década de los 90, como Organizadora Principal de MICAH (Congregaciones del Centro de la Ciudad de Milwaukee Aliados en la Esperanza). En 2012, Ana fue nombrada Directora Ejecutiva de Gamaliel. Bajo su liderazgo, la organización reavivó las 1,000 congregaciones interreligiosas que pertenecen a las organizaciones afiliadas de Gamaliel a través de la organización comunitaria. Ella divide su vida hogareña entre Franklin, Wisconsin y Atlanta, Georgia, y es miembro de la Iglesia Católica St. Martin de Porres en Milwaukee.

Ken Johnson-Mondragón

Ken Johnson-Mondragón - Panelist

Director of Pastoral Engagement

California Catholic Conference

 

A native of New Mexico, Ken Johnson-Mondragón was recently hired as the Director of Pastoral Engagement for the California Catholic Conference.

He has more than 20 years of experience doing advocacy, pastoral formation, and socio religious research on behalf of the Hispanic/Latino community in the United States.

Ken received the Mario Vizcaíno Award in 2008 for his contributions to the field of Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry while serving as the Director of Research and Publications at Instituto Fe y Vida.

From 2017 through 2021, he was contracted as a consultant to the USCCB, overseeing the research aspects of the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.

Originario de Nuevo México, Ken Johnson-Mondragón fue contratado recientemente como Director de Programas Pastorales en la Conferencia Católica de California.

Tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en abogacía, formación pastoral e investigación sociorreligiosa a favor de la comunidad hispana/latina en Estados Unidos.

Ken recibió el Premio Mario Vizcaíno en 2008 por sus aportes a la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, mientras servía como Director de Investigación y Publicaciones en el Instituto Fe y Vida.

De 2017 hasta 2021, fue contratado como consultor de la USCCB para coordinar los aspectos de investigación en la consulta del V Encuentro Nacional de Pastoral Hispana/Latina.

Anthony Granado

Anthony Granado - Panelist

Anthony J. Granado

Catholic Charities USA - Government Relations - Vice President

Anthony directs the Social Policy Team who analyze and make recommendations on legislative and regulatory matters in service to the mission of CCUSA, the member agencies and the clients that are served on a daily basis throughout the country.  Anthony served as Director for the Office of Domestic Social Development at the USCCB where he managed a policy team providing analysis on U.S. domestic policy in service to the Catholic Bishops of the United States.

Anthony worked as the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Portland, Oregon. Anthony served as legislative assistant of Oregon Catholic Conference and as Coordinator of the Office of Justice and Peace and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for the Archdiocese of Portland.

He's an adjunct faculty in history at Portland State University and served on the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for the Department of Community Justice of Multnomah, Oregon.

Anthony J. Granado

Relaciones Gubernamentales - Caridades Católicas USA - Vicepresidente

Anthony dirige el equipo de Políticas Sociales que analiza y recomienda en materias de legislación y reglamentos al servicio de la misión de CCUSA; fue el Director de la Oficina de Desarrollo Social dela USCCB donde supervisó al equipo encargado de Políticas Públicas que provee análisis sobre Políticas Domésticas al servicio de los Obispos Católicos de USA. Anthony, fue Coordinador de Alcance al Cliente y Servicios de Voluntariado para Caridades Católicas de Portland, Oregon.

Anthony trabajó como asistente en materia legislativa para la Conferencia Católica de Oregon y como Coordinador de la Oficina de Justicia y Paz. También trabajó en la Campaña Católica para el Desarrollo Humano de la Arquidiócesis de Portland. 

Es profesor adjunto de Historia en la Universidad Estatal de Portland y sirvió en el Comité Ciudadano de Consejería en Presupuestos para el Departamento de Justicia Comunitaria en el Condado de Multnomah, Oregon.

Armando Guerrero

Armando Guerrero

Armando Guerrero

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

 Estrada is PhD candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College. As a DACAmented theologian, his scholarship examines the interlacing of religious and theological education, theologies of migration, and immigrant literature.

He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, where he also earned graduate certificates in Latin American Studies and Religion and the Arts in Contemporary Culture, with an emphasis in U.S. Latinx literature, and was awarded the J.D. Owen Prize in Biblical Studies and the Academic Achievement Award.

He holds a B.A. in Theology and Philosophical Studies from St. Joseph College and a B.A. in Spanish from Lamar University.

Armando Guerrero Estrada es un estudiante en Boston College.

Como teólogo indocumentado, sus intereses académicos se central en la relación entre la educación religiosa y teológica, las teologías de la migración y la literatura inmigrante.

Obtuvo una maestría en estudios teológicos de Vanderbilt University, donde también recibió certificados de posgrado en estudios Latinoamericanos y religión y las artes en cultura contemporánea.

Tiene una licenciatura en teología y filosofía de St. Joseph Seminary College y una licenciatura en español de Lamar University.

Crystal Serrano-Pueblo

Crystal Serrano-Puebla

Crystal Serrano-Puebla is a first-generation Mexican American born and raised in Chicago.

After a reversion her junior year of college she decided to dedicate herself to helping other young people experience and know that they are loved by God. Crystal earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lewis University and earned her master’s in theology from the University of Notre Dame with the McGrath Institute for Church Life’s Echo Program.

She has had the opportunity to serve in various ministries in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Crystal is currently the Assistant Program Director at Instituto Fe y Vida.

Crystal is passionate about forming Church leadership to accompany the young Church to recognize their gifts and talents to serve the Church and the world.

Crystal Serrano-Puebla es nacida y criada en Chicago con origen mexicano.

Después de una conversión en su tercer año de universidad, decidió dedicarse a ayudar a otros jóvenes a experimentar y saber que son amados por Dios.

Crystal obtuvo una licenciatura en psicología de la Universidad de Lewis y obtuvo su maestría en teología de la Universidad de Notre Dame con el Programa Echo del McGrath Institute for Church Life.

Ha tenido la oportunidad de servir en varios ministerios en la Diócesis de Lafayette-in-Indiana, la Arquidiócesis de Chicago y la Diócesis de Fort Wayne-South Bend. Crystal es actualmente la Directora Asistente de Programas del Instituto Fe y Vida.

A Crystal le apasiona formar líderes en la Iglesia para acompañar a la Iglesia joven a reconocer sus dones y talentos para servir a la Iglesia y al mundo.

Marco Grimaldo

Marco Grimaldo

Strategist for National Church Partners and Latino Communities

Bread for the World

 

 

Marco A. Grimaldo is the Strategist for National Church Partners and Latino Communities at Bread for the World where he has held various positions over the past 25 years.

Marco was born near San Antonio, TX and finished high school in Brownsville. Living and working on the U.S./Mexico border has helped shape the direction of his professional life to advocate for an end to hunger.

Marco has been an outspoken advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and for addressing hunger and the root causes of migration and serves on the board of the Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR).

Marco attended Texas State University as an undergraduate and Georgetown University for his graduate work in public policy.

Marco A. Grimaldo es el Estratega de Relaciones Eclesiásticas y de Comunidades Latina(o)s de Pan para el Mundo, donde ha ocupado varios cargos en los últimos 25 años. Originalmente de Texas, Marco nació cerca de San Antonio y terminó la escuela secundaria en Brownsville.

Haber vivido en la frontera le ha influido la dirección de su vida profesional para abogar por terminar el hambre.

Marco ha sido un fuerte defensor de una reforma migratoria y de abordar las causas profundas de la migración. 

También es miembro de la junta directiva de la Coalición por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes de Virginia (VACIR por sus siglas en inglés).

Marco asistió a la Universidad Estatal de Texas (Texas State University) y después asistió a la Universidad de Georgetown.

Marthamaria Morales

Marthamaría Morales

Poverty Education And Outreach Manager - Jphd – Usccb    

 

Marthamaria Morales is based in Washington, DC.

Since late February 2020, she has served in the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Marthamaria worked in Catholic Relief Services as a Relationship Manager in the Southeast Team and the Diocese of Birmingham as Hispanic/Latino Ministry and Youth and Young Adult.

Her career in journalism allowed her to work as a reporter and presenter and producer of radio/TV programs. She spent six years with EWTN.

Marthamaria served on several boards including: La RED Catholic Network of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI) and was Co-Chair for Communications for the V ENCUENTRO and at the board of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Major in Public Relations. She was born in San Diego and grew up in Guatemala City.

Marthamaria Morales reside en Washington, DC.

Desde finales de febrero de 2020, sirve en el Departamento de Justicia, Paz y Desarrollo Humano en la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB).

Trabajo en Catholic Relief Services como Gerente de Relaciones en el Equipo del Sudeste y en la Diócesis de Birmingham en el Ministerio Hispano de Jóvenes y Adultos Jóvenes.

Su carrera en el periodismo, le permitió trabajar como reportera y presentadora y productora de programas de radio/TV. Estuvo seis años con EWTN.

Ha servido en varias juntas La RED Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, Instituto Pastoral del Sudeste (SEPI) y fue Copresidente de Comunicaciones del V ENCUENTRO. Actualmente está en la National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.

Es licenciada en Comunicaciones y tiene una licenciatura en Relaciones Públicas. Nació en San Diego y creció en la ciudad de Guatemala.

Alex Quezada

Alex Quezada, serves as Hispanic Ministry Coordinator at St. John Paul II Catholic Parish in Kankakee IL since 2017.

Also, as Relief & Development Coordinator at the office for Human Dignity in the Diocese of Joliet IL since 20019.

He is a happy husband, Father of 5 children and a lover of God's creation.

Has a certification, master and a couching in Neuro-linguistic Programing.

Social Justice is the energy that feeds his passion to love Jesus and God's people.

Alex is a humble immigrant seeking his place in the story of God.

Alex Quezada, se desempeña como Coordinador del Ministerio Hispano en la Parroquia Católica St. John Paul II en Kankakee IL desde 2017.

Además, como Coordinador de Ayuda y Desarrollo en la oficina de Dignidad Humana en la Diócesis de Joliet IL desde 20019.

Es un esposo feliz, padre de 5 hijos y amante de la creación de Dios.

Posee una certificación, maestría y coaching en Programación Neurolingüística.

La Justicia Social es la energía que alimenta su pasión por amar a Jesús y al pueblo de Dios.

Alex es un inmigrante humilde que busca su lugar en la historia de Dios.