About Us

Who We Are?

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The National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La RED)  is an inclusive association of Roman Catholic Church organizations and pastoral ministers committed to the evangelization, holistic development, and ongoing support and formation of Hispanic youth and young adults in the United States. La RED promotes the articulation of its members
at the national and regional levels.

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana= Ministry with Hispanic youth and young adults (Jóvenes) 

The National Catholic Network of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La RED). is a nonprofit  oganization incorporated in Texas.

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Purpose

Strengthen

Strengthen communication, collaboration and support between dioceses, institutions, and individuals, ministering to Hispanic youth and young adults.

Vision and Identity

Develop a common vision and a sense of identity among its members.

Share

Share programs, materials and personnel resources.

Promote

Promote the holistic development, spiritual growth and vocational discernment through services, resources, and events.

Support

Support dioceses in the creation and development of collaborative ministry among Hispanic youth and young adults.

Bridge

Be a bridge among civic and pastoral organizations working with Hispanic youth and young adults, and with the pastoral juvenil in Latin America.

Board Members

The Board of Directors oversees the business and affairs of La RED, establishes policy, and implements long range planning.

La RED President : Archdiocese of Boston

Father Alejandro López-Cardinale, President (2016-2019).

Fr. Alejandro López-Cardinale is a diocesan priest in the Archdiocese of Boston. He holds two Masters: Catechesis from Institut Catholique de Paris, France and Pastoral Juvenil from Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Quito, Ecuador. He is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Laval University, Quebec, Canada (Théologie Pratique, in thesis stage). He also belongs and collaborates with the Instituto Fe y Vida Pastoral Team. He is a permanent consultant of CELAM for Family, Life and Youth-Young Adult Ministry and a member of SCALA (Sociedad de Catequetas Latinoamericanos) and a member of SCALA Executive Board. During his more than 25 years on ministry, he has focused his service on developing and studying different proposals of journeys of faith among jóvenes and youth-young adult Hispanics and its impact on their leadership and participation in the Catholic church and the society at large. Father Alejandro can be contacted at: president@laredpjh.org.

La RED Vice-President : Diocese of Joliet, Illinois (2016-2018)

Jorge Rivera serves as Director of Hispanic Ministry/Ethnic Ministries for the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois. He received a BA from the University of DePaul in Chicago and candidate for an MAEA-Masters of Arts in Educating Adults. He is founder of ESFOR-Escuela de Formación en Pastoral Juvenil through his tenure as coordinator for Hispanic Young Adults for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Jorge is a longtime collaborator and member of the Pastoral Team for Instituto Fe y Vida. In addition, he is President of MWCAHM- Midwest Catholic Association of Hispanic Ministry. Jorge is also a Catholic worship music singer and song writer in which has dedicated his musical talent and passion predominately to the evangelization of Latino/a jóvenes, with three major recordings through the record label company WLP-World Library Publications. Jorge can be contacted at: jrivera@dioceseofjoliet.org

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Secretary- Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (2016-2018)

She has been committed to Pastoral Juvenil for 17 years. Since 2013, she is the current Coordinator of the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. She participated and attended the First National Encounter for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in 2006, is an active member for Pastoral Juvenil Hispana Region X and La RED. She has a degree in Computer Science from Prairie View A&M University and she pursues a Masters in Theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Houston. Mirna has participated in the formation of the Institute for Faith and Life for the past 3 years and obtained the certificate of Ecclesial Ministers Training and Advanced Youth Leadership. She is also part of the team of facilitators for the Course of Formation in Pastoral Juvenil in her archdiocese, accredited by the Instituto Fe y Vida. She has participated in the formation of Institute of Faith and Life locally – Basic Course: The Bible Through Young Eyes, Certificate for Advisers and Leaders in Pastoral Juvenil, Primera Misión Bíblica Juvenil and Pastoral Juvenil Hispana Course offered by SEPI. She keeps in continuous personal, pastoral, theological and spiritual formation.

Treasurer- Diocese of St. Augustine (2015-2018)

Norma is a native from Guadalajara, Mexico, studied Business Administration and lives with her husband and three children in Jacksonville, Florida since 1998. She has experienced in banking and credit institutions, has held a position as Financial Administrative Manager, Advisor, tax preparation, credit repair, and notary public. Norma works as coordinator of Multicultural Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of St. Augustine since 2006, in addition to joining the Board as a member of La RED in 2014. Her ministry formation is base in courses offered by SEPI such as youth ministry courses, workshops advisers, and three years of Pastoral Leadership. Also she has taken online courses sponsored by the University of Notre Dame (STEP). Currently she is taking the course Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers. She is certified as facilitator of the STEP program (Systematic Effecting Training for Parenting) course that led her to work as a family counselor for several years. She is very active in her parish; her family as well, supports various ministries.

Member at Large- Diocese of Knoxville

Brittany is the Coordinator of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana in the diocese of Knoxville, where she was born and raised.  At age 16 she began going on short term mission trips to Tijuana, Mexico and fell in love with different cultures and languages.   Because of her frequent trips to Mexico combined with a desire to devote more time to ministry and missions, Brittany chose to study Humanities:  International Studies with a focus in Latin America and a minor in Spanish at the University of TN in Chattanooga.  She later worked as an in-home family counselor with at risk youth before serving as a missionary with Hearts Home, a Catholic ecclesial movement, for 14 months in Ecuador.  Brittany has been involved in ministry in various volunteer and leadership capacities since 2004, but is now so grateful for the opportunity to serve in her diocese with the support of SEPI and La RED. She can be reached at: bkoepke@dioknox.org.

Member-at-large (2016-2017)

Verónica is a Hispanic young woman who was born into a Catholic family in Mexico City 27 years ago. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her parents and sister. Since childhood her faith and authentic leadership have kept her strong and persevering. She studied at Washburn University in Topeka, KS., and graduated with a major in Public Administration; she is currently studying her Masters in Theology and Ministry at Boston College. Her greatest passion, in all areas of her life, has always been to serve. She is married and mother of a 9 years old boy, through whom she has seen the face of Christ manifested. She is tireless, feisty, enthusiastic and dedicated to the work of evangelization. At an early age, she faced many challenges that could only be overcome with the help of God and her genuine faith. She has always been involved in various activities of the Church. As an active member, she remains in constant preparation. Today she is the coordinator of Hispanic Young Adult Ministry (Pastoral Juvenil Hispana) in the diocese of Jackson, MS. And one of her biggest dreams is to engage all youth and young adults in transformative learning experiences and share with them her love for God, in a dynamic and joyful way, so that each day more and more Youth and Young adults are involved, committed, and in love with Jesus and the Church. She can be reached at: verols257@gmail.com.

Member at Large- Diocese of Birmingham (2015-2017)

She was named after Martha y Maria (Lazarus Sisters, Luke 10:38) hoping she can to balance in life work and prayer while serving the Lord. Her motto: “ora, ora et labora”. Raised in Guatemala City, with a wide communications background (Advertising, Broadcasting, TV and Radio Production) and always missionary at heart. The Lord moved her to Birmingham, Alabama in 2002 to work at the largest Catholic Network EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) where she applied her broadcasting skills and also produced several faith based series for adults and children. Started working at the Diocese of Birmingham in October 2013, today she is the Director for Youth and Young Adults for Hispanic Ministry and is able to perform her duties thanks to her studies at SEPI and the support of La RED. From her Hispanic Ministry Office, she supports different ministries among Hispanics.

Episcopal Moderator/Liason

Archbishop of Los Angeles- Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Archbishop José Horacio Gomez is the fifth Archbishop of Los Angeles. On April 6, 2010, Archbishop José H. Gomez was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California, by Pope Benedict XVI.   On February 27, 2011, he was installed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is the first Hispanic to serve as Archbishop of Los Angeles, as well as the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the United States.   

Ex-Oficio Members

Ex-Oficio Board Member- Laity, Marriage, Family & Youth, USCCB

Paul Jarzembowski serves on staff at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, D.C., where he is the lead staff for the bishops’ initiatives for youth ministry, young adult ministry, and Pastoral juvenil Hispana. He is also the national coordinator for World Youth Day. Prior to his service to the USCCB, Paul was the Executive Director of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) and the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois. He has spoken at local, national, and international conferences and events and has consulted with over 250 dioceses, parishes, universities, and Catholic organizations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and at the Vatican.  Paul received his M.A. in pastoral studies from and has served on the adjunct faculty of Loyola University Chicago in their Institute of Pastoral Studies. He has been a contributing author to The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders: What the Church Needs to Know (Loyola Press,  2010), Young and Catholic in America (Paulist Press, 2010), Young Adult Ministry in a Box (NCYAMA/Busted Halo, 2012), and was a contributing author and executive editor for The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders: Their Chips Are All In (NALM: National Association of Lay Ministry, 2012). Paul and his wife Sarah live in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Advisors

Advisor- SEPI

Rev. Rafael Capó Sch.P. Born in Puerto Rico in 1968, he was ordained a priest in 1996. He is Director of the US Bishops Southest Office for Hispanic Ministry and its Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI). With degrees in Education, he has served as teacher, campus minister, youth and young adult (pastoral juvenil) minister, vocations director, and school president. In Mexico and Italy, he ministered to street children and immigrant youth. With a Doctorate in Practical Theology, he has taught Theology at the graduate level. He participates in the major organizations of Hispanic Ministry and serves the US Church in the coordination of this ministry in the Southeast dioceses.

Advisor- Instituto Fe y Vida

Walter Francisco Mena, MA is the Director of the Leadership Formation Program’s Department at Instituto Fe y Vida. Currently, he is one of the advisers to the Board of Directors of The Catholic Network of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana: La RED. He, also is part of the Process Committee of the National Colloquium on Pastoral Juvenil Hispana. Walter Francisco has a Masters in Pastoral Theology from the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College in Massachusetts. He has more than 30 years of experience as a lay minister in the church, 18 of those years he has been ministering the Latino Pastoral Juvenil in U.S.

Consultants

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Consultant- Instituto Fe y Vida

Dr. Cervantes is executive director of Instituto Fe y Vida—a Lasallian institute—dedicated to “Empowering young Latinos for leadership in Church and society,” through a Leadership Formation System, biblical ministry, pastoral publications, research, advocacy and collaboration. Carmen is a national leader and international speaker with extensive experience in program development for lay ministry, particularly with Latino young people, catechists, and parents. She is the general editor of La Biblia Católica para Jóvenes and has published more than 20 pastoral books. Carmen holds a master’s degree in sociocultural anthropology, a doctorate in education with specialization in educational psychology, and advanced courses in Scriptures, catechesis, and pastoral ministry. She was cofounder and president of the National Organization of Catechesis for Hispanics (NOCH) and of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry (NCCHM); and played a key role in the creation of the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La RED).

Commissions

Spirituality and Liturgy

The Spirituality and Liturgy Commission's mission is to emphasize and promote the encounter and the personal experience of the young person with Jesus leading them to be true disciples and missionaries of Christ. (The commission is open to any member of La RED).

Missionary Option

The Missionary Option Commission’s mission is to be the link between La RED and the Archdioceses / Dioceses to provide resources and opportunities to meet the needs of Hispanic youth and Young Adult Ministry and promote the mission of the Church. (The commission is open to any member of La RED).

Pastoral de Conjunto

The Pastoral de Conjunto Commission's mission is to coordinate joint efforts with other commissions to provide the board and the membership of La RED a common vision toward the realization of Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the United States. (It is open to any member of La RED).

Evangelization & Formation

The FormationCommittee’s mission is to facilitate the permanentoffering of resources and general guidelines of processes and training programs that meet the realities of the Hispanic young people in the United States. (This is a closed committee - Members are selected by invitation only).

Committees

Finance

The Finance Committee provides financial oversight for La RED. It reviews proposed and actual budgets, engages in financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies. (This is a closed committee - Members are selected by invitation only).

NOTE: Difference between a Committee and a Commission.

The committee works on specific processes related to the area of the committee and is composed of people with a specialization in the area of the committee. (Members are selected by invitation only).

The commission is open to any member of La RED, carries out the appropriate area based on the operating commission manual.

What our Members are Saying

It is a joy and privilege to be part of the mission that God gave each of us as disciples , we come together guided by the holy spirit to share ideas and resources in order to help our young people in our communities. We are not just the future of the Church but also the present.

Veronica Mendez Archdiocese of Seattle
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