HISPANIC EXPERIENCE

Hispanics now represent about 40% of the Catholic Church in America. What is being done to strengthen the way the Church responds to the Hispanic/Latino presence? At the risk of losing young Hispanics or the rich faith traditions of Latino culture, we must learn from and incorporate the Hispanic experience into the broader Church to shape its diversity and future.

Hispanics are responsible for 71% of the growth of the Church since 1960. While 55% of school age Catholic children and half of all Catholic Millennials are Hispanic, most decide to leave the Church before the age of 24. With such a large presence in the American Catholic Church, there’s a huge opportunity to better engage Hispanic families and their children. Dioceses and parishes around the country must not only be welcoming, but better equipped to support the community through Hispanic ministry.

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According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, 26% of parishes in the U.S. serve Hispanic or Latino Catholic communities. Only one in four Catholic parishes celebrates Mass at least once a month in Spanish.

About 60% of Catholics under 18 in the U.S. are of Hispanic origin.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

Through our initiative-focused grant program, the OSV Institute supports organizations and programs that seek to learn from and better understand the Hispanic experience in America in order to:

  Enrich

Enrich the methods and approaches of ministry to all U.S. Catholics.

  Form

Form and increase new Hispanic/Latino leaders to achieve greater leadership inclusion, ministerial responsiveness and faith-based resources.

  Provide

Provide more pastoral support, services and resources to the Hispanic/Latino community.

  Reach

Reach and engage second and third generation Hispanic/Latino young people.

  Keep

Keep new immigrants Catholic and thriving.

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The mutual influence of Catholicism and Hispanic people in the United States is shaping not just the future of American Catholic life, but also the life of the nation.
Timothy Matovina, Latino Catholicism