Seventy-three leaders who minister to the exploding numbers of Hispanic
Catholics nationwide will convene at the Jesuit
School of Theology of Santa Clara University July 13 - 25 for an
advanced theology and pastoral ministries education program, the Instituto
Hispano, or the Hispanic Institute.
The Instituto, now in its 26th year, is designed as an intensive
program for Catholic leaders, mostly non-clergy, who are catechism
teachers, RCIA leaders, deacons, or pre-marriage or pre-baptism
counselors, and sometimes women religious or priests. The classes are
taught in Spanish.
The Berkeley-based Instituto aims to provide a deeper theological
education for the Hispanic community, focused on the unique lived
experience of Ctholic Hispanic Americans today. This includes concepts
such as inculturation - the mutual exchange between two cultures
contributing to the emergence of a new culture; planning for an
authentic liturgy that speaks powerfully to the community; and
understanding the Gospels through a Hispanic reality.
This year the Instituto will host Noche de la Frontera, a
prayer service and story-telling forum about the Hispanic migration to
the U.S. from their respective countries and how God has guided them.
Participants in the Instituto must first receive training by
their local diocese, and be recommended by their parish priest. Those
who attend for three summers receive a Certificate in Hispanic
Theological and Pastoral Studies.
A new partnership between JST and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey
Foundation and Catholic Extension will support the studies of 25 lay
ministers for each of the next three years. This $75,000 grant will
allow ministers from all over the country to take part in the Instituto.
"There is a great need for leadership formation for those in the Latino
Catholic community," said Teresa Montes-Lara, O.P., the director of the Instituto.
"With the Instituto and other workshops throughout the year, JST
is responding to that need, with top-tier faculty who are at the
forefront of Hispanic theology," she added. A full list of faculty can
be found at http://www.scu.edu/jst/institutohispano/faculty-instituto-2014.cfm.
This year's attendees come from 10 different states, including
California, Washington, Texas, New Mexico, Kentucky and Alaska.
Forty-eight of the students are women; 25 are men.
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