- Sep 21, 2020
El Salvador’s Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez called the upcoming canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero a “gift from God” and is optimistic it can bring hope to his troubled homeland and to the Catholic Church.
A recent stint translating blogs from English to Spanish on Alverno College’s SisterStory website gave graduate Sarai Melendez a lesson in religious life.
Some say that the public shows of racism the country witnessed in 2017 in places such as Charlottesville, coupled with the negative depictions of immigrants, particularly Latinos as criminals, that have seeped into the political arena, will end up backfiring against politicians trying to appeal to some voters who helped elect Donald Trump.
The new president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Sister Teresa Maya, is an American born in Mexico and with plenty of experience living in both countries. She is bringing that experience of knowing both cultures to leading an organization that works with an increasing number of Latinos.
If all goes well with the Encuentro process, which organizers call the “V Encuentro” because it’s the fifth time it’s taking place, church officials hope it will yield an increase in vocations of Latinos to the priesthood, religious life, permanent diaconate, an increase in the percentage of Latino students enrolling at Catholic schools, and create a group of Latino leaders for the church, as well as increase Latinos’ sense of belonging and stewardship in the U.S. church where their numbers are rising.