On Saturday, May 17, representatives of the parishes which have Hispanic ministry or Hispanic presence in the Diocese of Davenport gathered at St. Vincent Pastoral Center in Davenport to coordinate efforts and develop programs, workshops and activities that respond to the Hispanic communities’ needs. The meeting was attended by Bishop Martin Amos, who thanked the participants for their commitment to evangelization and urged them to remain Christian witnesses in their homes, in their parish communities and in their workplaces.
The participants thanked Bishop Amos for opening the Office of Multicultural Ministry, which began as a way to support Catholics of other cultures in the diocese. This ministry is an effort to take the truth of the Gospel to every corner of our diocese.
Mary Weiser, Safe Environment coordinator in the diocese, came to explain how we can complete the Protecting God’s Children program on the computer. At the same time, she asked for volunteers to help others in this task.
Also, Deacon Frank Agnoli, director of Deacon Formation for the diocese, participated in the meeting. He encouraged participants to think of this vocation and mission of the Church.
This was the first meeting between representatives of the Hispanic communities and the Office of Multicultural Ministry. Meetings also will be held with other cultural communities in the diocese.