President’s Message Summer 2018


Dear Members FCH,

May the Peace of Christ be with each one of you!

I hope that this summer has been a time of relaxation, renewal, and self-care for each one of you. It is always good to recharge. We learn in Scripture that even Jesus needed to rest; in Mark 4: 35-41, he was asleep on the boat (most likely from exhaustion) beforecalming the storm. Those of us involved in ministry are notorious for not taking a break and taking on too many tasks. Be sure to rest so that you can come back fully energized in order to give your all to the service of our Lord!

What an exciting time for the Church as we anticipate the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernmentwhich will be held in Rome in October 2018. And nationally, many of us are preparing for the National V Encuentroto be held next month, September 20-23, in Texas.

As many of you know, FCH will be present at the V Encuentro! Myself and FCH Secretary, Jose Coronel, will be at booth #1105 along with many other fellow FCH members who will be stopping by to support us. We will have lots of freebies including a raffle to win 1 free registration to NCCL 2019which will take place in Orange, California. If you are going to the V Encuentro, please be sure to come to our booth to say hello!

In this Summer 2018 FCH Newsletteryou will find information about our upcoming FCH elections as well as a survey we invite you to take called, “Discrimination and Hospitality Within the Latino/a Community”. Please be sure to review both as your input is very crucial in moving forward.

Let us pray that, just like the renewal that summer provides, these two upcoming events – the Synod and the V Encuentro – generate a new hope and reenergize the people of faith so that we may go forth and form new missionary disciples of Christ!



Miriam Hidalgo

FCH President


Lori Dahlhoff

Lori Dahlhoff, EdD, has served in Catholic parish, school, and diocesan ministry for more than 25 years. She is passionate about building faith communities that draw on the richness of diverse cultures to proclaim the Gospel well and form people as Christian discipleship in the Catholic way of life. Lori currently serves as the Director of Lifelong Faith Formation for the Diocese of Portland, ME.

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