Hundreds gather to enrich the faith of Hispanic Catholics

September 23, 2014

HOUSTON — On Saturday, Sept. 27, more than 500 Spanish-speaking Catholics from across the Archdiocese will gather for the 31st Annual Assembly of Hispanic Ministry at the Catholic Charismatic Center, 1949 Cullen Blvd., Houston. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Archbishop José A. Gomez from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will be the keynote speaker and will introduce and discuss the theme of the day: “The Spirituality of Communion.” John Paul II said, “Spirituality of Communion calls us to resist the selfish temptations which… provoke competition, careerism, distrust and jealousy. Without this spiritual path, our work and structures would serve very little purpose… [and] become mechanisms without a soul.”

“Spirituality of Communion means having an openness to all our brothers and sisters, recognizing in them the dignity of being made in the image and likeness of God,” said Sergio Castillo, director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. “It is the foundation for all of our pastoral activities.” 

He said this concept has become the central part of all of the work of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, in what is known as the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. 

“The Annual Assembly is an opportunity to learn more about this concept as we experience it first-hand through the various activities, testimony and presentations of the day,” Castillo said.

The Annual Assembly of Hispanic Ministry is a day of community building, formation and celebration for anyone who is involved with or interested in their parish’s Hispanic ministries. 

In addition to Archbishop Gomez, participants will also hear from presenter Martha Fernandez-Sardina, and they will learn about the Focolare Movement and the Byzantine Rite and Eastern Churches.