2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annal Meeting

National Symposium on Hispanic Leadership and Philanthropy for a 21st Century Church

San Antonio, TX--Catholic leaders meeting in San Antonio, Texas, called for greater investment to support leadership development of those in Hispanic ministry.  Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles called the historic gathering of great importance to Hispanics, to the Church and to the country.  Over 120 leading Catholic philanthropists, bishops, educators, Hispanic ministry leaders and business leaders committed themselves to acting upon the recommendations that resulted from the Symposium.

The first-of-its-kind Symposium was co-sponsored by Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (The Leadership Roundtable), the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC), and the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio.

Dr. Arturo Chavez, President and CEO of MACC called on the Catholic Church to “recognize the blessings and opportunities of the growing Latino youth and young adult population.  At the same time, we must recognize Latinos will most likely lead the Catholic Church in the near future, so we must form relationships which engage them as active members of the community and future leaders,” he said.

Kerry A. Robinson, Executive Director of the Leadership Roundtable celebrated the extraordinarily diverse collection of people, organizations, and interests represented, all of whom share a common mission grounded in the Gospel and a commitment to Hispanic Catholics who offer the Church many gifts on multiple levels. 

“UIW is really proud to have so many leaders and philanthropists here to talk about a subject that is very important to the life of our country,” said Dr. Louis Agnese President of the University of the Incarnate Word.  “We are very hopeful that this symposium will bear great fruit for the future.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio welcomed the symposium as a great opportunity to better understand the gifts and challenges presented by the growing Hispanic population in the U.S.  “It is a great challenge but important for us to address how we are going to pass on our faith and values to future generations of Hispanic Catholics in the U.S.,” said Archbishop Garcia-Siller.  “This gathering helps us see different points of view and different attempts on how to respond to this need.

Alexia K. Kelley, President and CEO of FADICA said “Our hope is that the new partnerships and creative opportunities identified today will bear much fruit for Hispanic leadership and engagement in our Church and in our communities, and will contribute to new models of collaboration and innovation that support a vital Church.”

To interview any of the presenters please contact: Kerry Robinson 203.605.0110 or Alexia Kelley 202.223.3550

For photographs of the event please contact Sephora Rosario-Soto, srosario-soto@fadica.org, 202.223.3550

About FADICA - www.FADICA.org
FADICA is a dynamic philanthropic peer community and catalyst committed to Catholic initiatives, the vulnerable and the common good. Its mission is to enable our members to be informed and effective in addressing church needs through their philanthropy.

About the Leadership Roundtable - www.TheLeadershipRoundtable.org
The Leadership Roundtable promotes best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resources development of the Catholic Church in the United States, including greater incorporation of the laity.

About the Mexican American Catholic College - www.maccsa.org
The Mexican American Catholic College empowers and educates leaders for service in a culturally diverse church and society by offering a bi-literate, multicultural formation program that can lead to a BA and an MA in Pastoral Ministry.

About the University of the Incarnate Word - www.uiw.edu
The University of the Incarnate Word is one of the leading comprehensive universities in Texas and strives to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens with values developed in a Judeo-Christian tradition.




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