Hispanic young adults host regional conference

The first Pastoral Juvenil Hispana Region X conference at St. William Parish in Round Rock Oct. 11-13. About 300 Hispanic young adults from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas gathered for the event. (Photo courtesy Edgar Ramirez)

By Catholic Spirit Staff

“Celebrating our faith and diversity of cultures –– Making their mark: a road, a region, a single response” (Celebrando nuestra fe y diversidad de culturas – dejando huella: un camino, una región, una sola respuesta) was the theme of the first Pastoral Juvenil Hispana Region X conference at St. William Parish in Round Rock Oct. 11-13. This conference gathered 300 Hispanic young adults from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. At the gathering, participants had a chance to celebrate, learn, pray and give testimony of their Catholic faith.  
The purpose of the conference was to acknowledge the cultural diversity among Hispanic young adults, and the many gifts that they bring to the church. Participants had a chance to also participate in one of six workshops about sexuality, education, vocation, the Virgin Mary, prayer and discipleship. 
This project took more than three years to come to life, said Edgar Ramirez, director of Hispanic Ministry for the Austin Diocese. One of the fruits of the conference was the formation of a regional identity and the development of a Regional Pastoral Juvenil board. This board is made up of young adult volunteers and parish young adult ministers from different dioceses. The leaders met many times in the last three years around the region to plan and execute the conference, and develop the structure that will foster the collaboration among Region X dioceses on Hispanic young adult ministry.
“This gathering brings lots of hope to the future of evangelization in Region X,” Ramirez said. “The participants are leaders in formation, who take seriously their vocation to evangelize the future generations in the U.S. We pray that they will continue to find support and commitment from their parishes’ communities and dioceses, especially their youth and young adult ministers.”
For more information about the Regional Pastoral Juvenil board, contact Edgar Ramirez at (512) 949-2468 or edgar-ramirez@austindiocese.org.

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