Office of Hispanic Ministry
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete." (1 John 1:1-4)
The mission of the Office of Hispanic Ministry and Ethnic Ministries is to promote greater participation by Hispanic Catholics in the Church of Joliet on all levels so that the Church and those charged with leadership will welcome and invite to the full participation of Hispanics within the local Church as well as the Church Universal. To provide a diocesan connection for the needs of the other cultures within the Diocese as Coordinator Ethnic Ministry. To provide support for the Diocesan Offices in their ministry to the Hispanic and all ethnic Catholics in the Diocese.
The Church of the United States of America has become increasingly aware of the need and urgency to give an adequate and updated response to the challenge of the new evangelization of the Hispanic community. In light of the process of the National Encounters of Hispanic Ministry, the American bishops have called the community “a blessing to our Church.” This challenge encompasses the generations of Hispanic who have migrated and live in the United States.