About Us

Who We Are?

– MISSION STATEMENT –

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) 

1. To foster communication, collaboration, and mutual support in the spirit of collaborative ministry among diocesan leaders, professionals and institutions engaged in ministry to and among Hispanic Youth and Young Adults.
2. To articulate a common vision and foster a sense of identity among leaders, professionals and institutions who minister to and among Hispanic Youth and Young Adults.
3. To encourage and promote, in collaboration with other institutions, the professional development and spiritual growth of those who work in Pastoral Juvenil Hispana as well as efforts and programs that aide Hispanic Youth and Young Adults with their vocational discernment process.
4. To facilitate the dissemination of information regarding existing programs, resources, agencies and specialists in ministry to and among Hispanic Youth and Young Adults.
5. To establish a bridge among civic and pastoral organizations that work with Hispanic Youth and Young Adults, and with the pastoral juvenil in Latin America.

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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 Washington

Adriana Visoso: Instituto Fe y Vida, President (2019-2022).

Adriana Visoso has worked diligently in Pastoral Juvenil ministry in the United States for over 26 years. She has been the Associate Director of Training Programs with the Instituto Fe y Vida for the past five years, but joined their staff in 1999. She is a native of Puebla, Mexico, where she graduated with a specialty in preschool education. She continued her training in the United States taking courses and certifications in Hispanic theology and ministry, biblical and catechetical studies, formation for lay ministry leadership, stewardship in the Church, and intercultural competency development. Her path of leadership testifies to the saving and transforming power of Pastoral Juvenil in the lives of many young people; she started at the parish level, served on the Board of Directors of Pastoral Juvenil for the Archdiocese of Denver, and went on to coordinate regional Youth and Young Adult Encuentros. Her work experience includes 15 years as a general manager of Arby’s and five years as a supervisor of the School Nutrition Program at St. Francis International School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her areas of expertise include managerial administrative strategies, organizational development, leadership training, pastoral support, and intercultural relationships. She currently has the honor of serving as the President of La RED believing in shared leadership and a spirit of pastoral de conjunto.

Adriana can be contacted at: president@laredpjh.org.

 

La RED Vice-President : (2019-2021)

Cynthia Psencik serves as Director of the office of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of New York.

Cynthia can be contacted at: cynthia.psencik@archny.org

MirnaO

Treasurer - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (2019-2021)

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.

Member at Large - Diocese of St. Augustine (2019-2021)

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.

Secretary - Diocese of Knoxville (2019-2021)

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 (2019-2022)

José J. Matos Auffant is Executive Director for Missions at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX fostering the formation of faith through University Ministry and various Marianist programs for students, staff, and faculty. José coordinates “Messengers of Faith and Hope” annual summer Hispanic Ministry Training for Campus Ministers and Young Adults and has served as co-host for the 3rd Season of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association podcast series. He is a delegate of the Archdiocese of San Antonio for the V Encuentro process, also representing St. Mary’s University in the National Dialogue and La Red de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana. Now in his 8th year at St. Mary’s University, José was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he worked with the Pontifical Mission Societies coordinating missionary awareness programs for youth and young adults. As a teacher at Colegio San José Marianist College Preparatory, he worked with Juventud Misionera at the high school level and worked with the Marianist LIFE (Living In Faith Experiences) youth ministry summer conferences for over a decade.
He can be reached at: jmatosauffant@stmarytx.edu

Communication - CRS - Diocese of Birmingham (2019-2021)

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.

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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