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Resources for Multicultural Ministry

Around the diocese there are a number of different ethnic and immigrant groups. Certainly the largest group consists of Hispanics (mostly from Mexico) but no matter what their country of origin, parish leaders and catechists are called to make all people feel welcome and included in the life of the local church. Providing catechesis to them requires an understanding not just of their languages, but of the differences in culture and outlook they may have from the ones in which we live and function.

Here are some helpful resources:

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity (2000, USCCB)
USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity
Scenes From a Parish (video and discussion guide)
Intercultural Competencies for Ministry
Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministry (video)
NEW! Boston College Report: Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes

Office of Hispanic Ministry
Resources in Spanish (coming soon)
A Pocket Guide to Pastoral Spanish
Eight Ways to Welcome Hispanics to Your Parish
Order of the Mass in Spanish/English side by side (old English Missal)

Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Certificates:
Hispanic Theology and Ministry 
Intercultural Studies