President’s Message Spring 2018



Dear Friends of FCH,

Easter blessings to all!

I am happy to share with you that the FCH Leadership Team is wrapping up our plans for another exciting NCCL conference. This year’s theme: “Walk with Christ/ Camina con Cristo” invites participants to encounter Christ in meaningful ways, develop and learn new models for reaching the “peripheries,” and discover new ways to proclaim to the People of God.


Each day FCH will offer a Spanish-language Capstone and breakout session. Our speakers include: Fr. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale, Sr. Maria Romero (cousin of Blessed Oscar Romero!), Esther Garcia, Dr. Patricia Jimenez, and Jorge Rivera. The conference will begin with “Experiences of Encounter” which will be on-site or off-site presentations from various Chicago-based ministries. FCH is excited to sponsor Iskali Ministry– an outstanding ministry dedicated to the formation and evangelization of Hispanic youth and young adults.


FCH is also thrilled to offer the “V Encuentro Conversation with Fr. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale” on Wednesday evening and a Fiesta/Concert with Jorge Rivera on Friday evening, immediately follwing the FCH Business Meeting. Most importantly, this year the FCH Leadership Team will be facilitating the Post Conference presentation on Saturday afternoon. The Post Conference conversation will be based on a recap of the Conference and will offer a “what-to-do-next” for participants who minister in catechesis with Hispanics.


The FCH Leadership Team has been working especially harder this past year, since we have 2 vacant positions including Communications Officer and Grant Writer. We will also have 2 more vacant positions after the Conference including Vice President and Membership Officer. Please consider joining our team! FCH is a fruitful federation under NCCL. We are proud to say FCH will be present at the National V Encuentro in September 2018, in the National Dialogue now in April 2018, and in several gatherings with other national Catholic Latino organizations. Again, please consider sharing your gifts and talents at the national level and join our team!

On behalf of the FCH Leadership Team, we hope to see you in Chicago for NCCL 2018!


Miriam Hidalgo

PS: It brings me great joy to share with all of you that on Friday March 16th, I gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy! Thank you for your continued prayers. God is good… all the time![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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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