New Family Life Ministry director looks to ‘walk together’ with local faithful
April 14, 2020
HOUSTON — Ricardo Medina, the new director of the Family Life Ministry, recently shared a vision of what he hopes his office’s programs will offer to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
“We are about walking together with our clergy, ministers, leaders and parents to form, reveal, enjoy and protect our Catholic families present in the Archdiocese,” he said
Speaking from experience, Medina is well-versed in crafting mission statements and business propositions. The native of Mexico City has an extensive business background, both in “creating demand and developing internal capabilities” to supply it consistently.
“I have done volunteer work and pro-bono projects all my adult life, from organizing young adult retreats to creating operational models for preventing species extinction in the Gulf of Mexico” and advocating for a new Federal Criminal Law System in Mexico, the 51-year-old Medina said.
Before joining the Archdiocese, Medina was founding and managing partner of Factor Delta, a management consulting firm oriented to enable sustainable organic growth. He also assisted the Secretariat of Pastoral and Educational Ministries in conducting pastoral planning activities for Galveston-Houston parishes.
That experience helped draw him to his current role with Family Life Ministry.
“The pastoral planning engagement brought daily blessings for almost four years and helped me to love our Lord, our people and our Church even more,” Medina said. “So when I saw the opportunity to serve in a more dedicated way, I submitted my interest to discernment — and here I am.”
Medina said the office will focus on balancing current activities, addressing the underserved family needs and fostering an empowering collaborative network. Long term, “we want to excel in collaborating with everyone in creating optimal conditions for the holiness, abundance of life, virtue and mercy of all the families in the Archdiocese,” he said.
Medina and his wife Marilu have two daughters, both students at the University of Houston. Medina hopes the ministry office will be seen as a resource for parents in all matters involving family and faith life.
“Think of us as your partner for a more fruitful and joyful marriage,” he said. “Think of us as your partner for awesome parenting resources for the many situations we face at home.”
For more about the Family Life Ministry, visit www.archgh.org/familylife.