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"The promotion of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life must be integral to the efforts of Hispanic ministry." (Encuentro and Mission, 2002)
The Hispanic presence in the Church in the US is growing tremendously. In our country, 38% of all Catholics and 54% of all Catholics under the age of 25 are Hispanic. This is a great blessing and presents a number of challenges. Currently, Hispanics make up only 6% of our priests. There is a real need to promote Hispanic religious vocations for both Spanish and English-speaking Hispanic communities (70% of all US Hispanics are not immigrants). How is the Church in your community reaching out to young Hispanics and helping to create a culture of vocations in the family and the parish?
Take a moment to read the 2012 study on Never-Married Young Catholics, particularly the Executive Summary and Introduction.
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