Presence of Hispanics ‘a blessing’ for church, says professor

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July 9, 2015

Hispanic Youth Group member Yelixa Hernandez helps collect donations during Mass at St. Willebrord Church in Green Bay, Wis., April 26. Hispanics are "not a problem to be solved" but are a blessing for the church, says a professor in analyzing a recent Boston College study. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass) See SYMPOSIUM and SYMPOSIUM-OSPINO July 9, 2015.

Hispanic Youth Group member Yelixa Hernandez helps collect donations during Mass at St. Willebrord Church in Green Bay, Wis., April 26. Hispanics are “not a problem to be solved” but are a blessing for the church, says a professor in analyzing a recent Boston College study. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — With the growing population of Hispanics, the Catholic Church is faced with “an immense task,” Boston College theology professor Hosffman Ospino told a San Antonio symposium.

“How do we evangelize, how do we hand on the faith that we have received to the next generation of Catholics that will be transforming the American Catholic experience in this century,” he said.

Ospino gave a presentation on a major study conducted by Boston College on Catholic parishes with Hispanic ministry. The principal investigator the study, he was a speaker at a symposium on Hispanic leadership and philanthropy in the 21st-century church held at the University of the Incarnate Word.

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