Ministerio hispano

Ministerio hispano

Una introducción 

Author: Timothy Matovina

Price: $5.95

Format: Booklet

Pages: 96

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-683-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: July 25, 2016

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Timoteo Matovina, conferencista reconocido y estudioso experto del aporte de la presencia hispana en la Iglesia Católica, ofrece en este libo elementos esenciales e indispensables para quienes se preparan  al ministerio católico entre los hispanos. Escrito en español, Ministerio hispano es una guía accesible a la historia, la espiritualidad, las necesidades y las posibilidades pastorales de los hispanos en la Iglesia norteamericana. 

Timothy Matovina, a  leading speaker and expert on the growth of Hispanics in the Catholic Church in the United States, offers a timely and much-needed introduction to ministry with Hispanic Catholics. Written in Spanish for pastoral ministers preparing for or involved in Hispanic ministry of all kinds, Ministerio hispano is an accessible guide to the history, spirituality, potential, and pastoral needs of Hispanics in the Church in America.

More than 30 million people in the United States identify themselves as Catholic and Hispanic, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. CARA also notes that Hispanic Catholics accounted for about 40 percent of all growth in parishes between 2005-2010. Drawing on his personal experience with Latino culture and decades of working with Hispanic parishes, Timothy Matovina—codirector of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame—provides a basic introduction suitable for the variety of leaders working in Catholic parishes.

This essential booklet explores five key dimensions of ministry with Hispanic Catholics:

  • A brief history of Hispanic Catholics in the United States
  • How Hispanics are transforming parishes
  • The importance of apostolic movements such as Cursillo and Charismatic Renewal
  • Liturgy, and popular devotion, especially to Mary
  • Faith formation of children and young people

With discussion and reflection questions and a key text from a Church document at the end of each chapter, the booklet is ideal for use in small-groups and formation programs.

The book is available only in Spanish.


"Practical and accessible."

“A practical and accessible resource to reflect about Hispanic ministry in our faith communities.”

“Un recurso práctico y accesible para reflexionar sobre el ministerio hispano en nuestras comunidades de fe.”

Hosffman Ospino
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education
School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College

"A thoughtful reflection."

"In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father links the reform of the Church with the renewal of missionary zeal. This theme goes to the heart of Dr. Matovina’s thoughtful reflection on the tensions—creative and conflictive—that continue to make Hispanic ministry one of the most dynamic pastoral arenas in the United States. The themes of apostolic movements, popular religiosity, encuentro/encounter, and youth are on the mind of Pope Francis. These timely topics can still be found challenging and enlivening Hispanic parishes today."

"Con el alcance global del Santo Padre, Papa Francisco, el mundo está presenciando una realidad de iglesia que muchos de nosotros ya vivimos en la pastoral hispana. En ciertos casos, la novedad de su inspiración viene de la antigüedad de nuestra mística latina. Por eso, el libro de Dr. Matovina es muy oportuno. Vale la pena refrescar la memoria y renovar el carisma de la pastoral hispana para una mejor sintonía con el caminar de la iglesia de hoy."

Most Rev. Jaime Soto
Bishop of Sacramento

"Motivates us to continue to build a new generation of missionary disciples."

"In order to serve in the best way possible the Catholic Hispanic community in the United States, we must know where we come from, our current reality, and where we are going. Timothy Matovina provides an excellent history of Latino Catholicism, teaches us the importance of parishes and apostolic movements serving Hispanic communities, and, moreover, motivates us to continue to build a new generation of missionary disciples."

"Para poder servir de la mejor manera a la comunidad Hispana Católica en los Estados Unidos, debemos conocer de dónde venimos, nuestra realidad actual y hacia dónde vamos. Timothy Matovina, en este libro, provee de una manera excelente una historia del catolicismo latino, nos enseña la importancia actual de las parroquias y movimientos apostólicos sirviendo a comunidades hispanas, y a la vez nos motiva a continuar formando una nueva generación de discípulos misioneros."

Andrés Arango
Director of Evangelization
Diocese of Camden

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