Hispanics’ growth, cultural diversity present challenge, speaker says

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July 9, 2015

Hispanic worshippers stand during a special Mass honoring immigrants at St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead, N.Y., Oct. 30, 2011. Hispanics are "not a problem to be solved" but are a blessing for the church, says a professor in his analysis of Boston College study. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic) See SYMPOSIUM and SYMPOSIUM-OSPINO July 9, 2015.

Hispanic worshippers stand during a special Mass honoring immigrants at St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead, N.Y., Oct. 30, 2011. Hispanics are “not a problem to be solved” but are a blessing for the church, says a professor in his analysis of Boston College study. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — One of the “most critical and perhaps dramatic signs” of the times is “the tremendous growth of the Hispanic population,” said Arturo Chavez, president and CEO of the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio.

That growth presents a challenge to the Catholic Church to meet the pastoral needs of Hispanics but also to cultivate leaders from that population, he said in a keynote address at a one-day symposium on Hispanic leadership and philanthropy in the 21st-century church.

The first-of-its-kind gathering drew Hispanic and other Catholic leaders from across the nation to San Antonio June 25. The University of the Incarnate Word hosted the event.

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