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Integration of Latino immigrants in Catholic parishes: A FEW emerging insights from the 2011-2013 National Study of Catholic of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry

HOSFFMAN OSPINO, PHD – Boston College

CMS – Washington – Feb 24, 2014

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Measuring Parish Integration: Trends

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Toward some criteria to measure integration of Hispanics in Catholic parishes

Note

: The following criteria and analysis emerge from data collected through the

National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry

. These observations are to be treated as preliminary.

Hispanic leaders in decision-making positions

Parental participation in children’s faith-formation initiatives

Structural stability

Intercultural Competency

Use of language

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Parish Integration: Low Level

Parishes with low levels of integration…Have few Hispanic leaders in decision-making positions compared to the total Hispanic population in the community. The ratio tends to be 2:1Fewer Hispanic families are officially registeredAre communities that recently have merged, formed a new cluster, or recently changed organizational structureHave fewer parents involved in their children formation programsEnglish is predominant; major emphasis on bilingual activities; Spanish is used primarily with immigrants

TRENDS

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Parish Integration: Middle Level

Parishes with middle levels of integration…Have more Hispanic leaders in decision-making positions, although the number does not exactly correlate to the percentage corresponding to the total Hispanic populationMore Hispanic families are registeredAt least half of all Masses on Sunday are in SpanishMore parents are involved in in their children formation programs. Catechists are familiar with Hispanic culture(s) and situationEnglish predominance increases (60% use); Spanish is used largely with immigrants; less use of bilingual

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Parish Integration: High Level

Parishes with high levels of integration…The number of Hispanic leaders in decision-making positions matches or exceeds the percentage of the Hispanic population in the communityParish administrative staff (e.g., Secretary) tend to be HispanicUsually have a Hispanic permanent deacon and/or a Hispanic priest63% have Hispanic secretary, 43% have Hispanic deaconAt least half of the parish is HispanicHave a higher number of apostolic movements Parish is less likely to have merged/clustered recentlyHave high levels of parental involvement in children formation programs. Catechists are familiar with Hispanic culture(s) and situationEnglish predominance increases (60% use); Spanish is used largely with immigrants; less use of bilingual

TRENDS

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Concluding Observations

Empowering Hispanic leaders to serve in decision-making positions facilitates integration

Structurally and administratively stable parishes are better to integrate Hispanic Catholics into the life of the Church

Parishes that involve parents and other adults in faith-formation activities of children and youth (e.g., religious education programs, Catholic schools) are more likely to facilitate integration

Most integrated parishes use Spanish to serve the immediate needs of the immigrant population, yet English is increasingly used as the common language for parish life. This reflects the impact of the growing post-immigrant Hispanic population

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Release of Findings - TimelineNational Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry(NSCPHM)

Executive Summary – May 2014

Specialized Reports – Summer 2014

Pastors

DREs

Parish Directors of Hispanic Ministry

Catholic Schools and Parishes with HM (Fall 2014)

Book Analysis –

Liturgical Press

(late 2014, early 2015)

Book with pastoral theological framework to analyze multicultural parish phenomenon –

Fordham University Press

(2015)

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For more information, contact:

Hosffman Ospino, PhD

Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education

Principal Investigator, NSCPHM

BOSTON COLLEGE

School of Theology and Ministry

ospinoho@bc.edu

617-552-0119

Boston

College’s STM website:

www.bc.edu/stm


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