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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

2018 Leadership Team Elections

The Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics is a self-organizing group that relies on her leadership team to animate the membership in our shared mission of serving those who minister in catechesis with hispanics. The current leadership team members are

President: Miriam Hidalgo (2016-2019)
Secretary: Jose Coronel (2017-2020)
Treasurer: Marta Quinones (2016-2019)

The Leadership Discernment Committee  discerned five FCH members as highly qualified candidates for the four open positions on the leadership team. Click to read their profiles.

Please cast your votes by August 31 for four new people to assist Miriam, Marta, and Jose for the next few years:

Vice President Candidates: 

  • Gustavo Rodriguez
  • Socorro Lagarda
  • Tomás Evans

Membership Officer Candidates: 

  • Gustavo Rodriguez
  • Socorro Lagarda
  • Tomás Evans

Communications Officer Candidates:

  • Luis J. Medina
  • Dominic (Nick) Yonto

Grants Officer Candidates:

  • Luis J. Medina
  • Dominic (Nick) Yonto

Click to view profiles of the candidates

V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.

Dear companions on the journey,

You can see it, you can feel it, the V Encuentro is here!

What a joy it is to see the enthusiasm grow for our V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry. More than three thousand missionary disciples have confirmed their participation in our V National Encuentro to be held from September 20th to 23rd, in Grapevine, Texas. Among the participants we have 130 bishops and more than 2,500 delegates representing 165 dioceses in the United States. We will also have more than 200 representatives of universities, organizations and other Catholic institutions, as well as representatives of the Holy See, the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) and the Catholic Bishops’ conferences of Mexico and Canada.

We see the V National Encuentro as a moment of grace, as a mountain top experience, a point of arrival after a 20-month journey. We also see it as a point of departure to strengthen ministry among Hispanic/Latinos, so that they can better respond as missionary disciples, as leaders at the service of the entire church and society.

The V National Encuentro is being planned as a joyful ecclesial celebration that inspires conversion, communion, solidarity and missionary discipleship. It will include:
  • Celebrating beautiful and vibrant bilingual liturgies which will frame the entire event
  • Engaging in profound and insightful dialogue with leaders from all over the country, representing various ministerial areas and expertise
  • Listening to the hopes and dreams of people living on the peripheries of society and how the church can best reach out to them, welcome them and embrace them
  • Learning about best practices for missionary discipleship and the future of Hispanic Ministry, with emphasis on ministry with young people and families
  • Discussing recommendations that have emerged from the consultation process, designed to help Hispanic Ministry and the future of the Catholic Church in the United States move forward
  • Giving witness and taking part in inspiring presentations and joyful expressions of faith and life
  • Encountering one another in dialogue, prayer and praise with over 600 young adult delegates representing more than 90% of our dioceses
  • Participating in general and breakout sessions conducted in English or Spanish with simultaneous translation
We ask for your continuous prayers for a joyful and fruitful V National Encuentro!
Alejandro Aguilera-Titus
National Coordinator for the V National Encuentro

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!

New Leadership Team Members Needed

The Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics is a self-organizing group that relies on her leadership team to animate the membership in our shared mission of serving those who minister in catechesis with hispanics.

We are currently in need of four new people to assist Miriam, Marta, and Jose for the next few years:

President: Miriam Hidalgo (2016-2019)

Vice President:* Diana Pizarro (2015-2018)

Secretary: Jose Coronel (2017-2020)

Treasurer: Marta Quinones (2016-2019)

Membership:* Lori Dahlhoff (2015-2018)

Communications:* vacant

Grants:* vacant

* seeking nominations for Spring 2018 elections


May the Spirit of the Lord continue to guide us in our mission to serve those who minister in catechesis with Hispanics.

FCH Annual Gathering – Chicago May 30-June 2, 2018

We hope to see many of you in Chicago May 30- June 2. In addition to capstone presentations and breakout sessions in Spanish each day, FCH invites you to come together in these events

Wednesday, May 30 7-8 pm
V Encuentro Conversation with Fr. Alejandro Lopez-Cardinale

Friday, June 1  6- 9:30 pm
FCH Business and Fiesta with music by Jorge Rivera

Saturday, June 2 1-5pm (requires additional registration)
Post-Conference (including Lunch)

Two resources that connect to the focus of the post-conference are:


Muchas gracias to our sponsors who add to our membership contributions to make these events possible: Loyola Press, Wm H. Sadlier, and Our Sunday Visitor along with Bayard/Pflaum