Symposium Participants


The 2014 National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry in the U.S.

Hosted by Loyola Marymount University




When: June 23-25, 2014

Time: Monday at 2:00 PM (you are invited to arrive for lunch at noon) to Wednesday at 12:15 PM (you are invited to stay for lunch which will be served from 12:15 to 1:30) 

Location: Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center | 700 N. Sunnyside Ave. | Sierra Madre, CA 91024

What: Seven universities, an expanded number of ministries, major publishers and key Church leaders will gather at the Symposium to write another chapter in the history of the Latino Catholic Church in the United States with our thoughtful work and passionate engagement.  We have only one goal, and that is to work intensely for the greater good of our broken and graced world through the leaven that is a Hispanic/Latino/a Church actively and broadly engaged in the work we have been given to do by the God of life.  


          • Bring together the insights from various national and regional conversations
          • Bring together key leaders reflecting about Hispanic Ministry to have intentional conversations on eight key issues that affect Hispanic Ministry
          • Set the direction for a renewed conversation about Catholic Hispanic Ministry that will provide achievable goals and address specific issues

The Process:

          • The writer or team of writers of each essay will prepare a draft that is first reviewed by the editors of the book and in most cases by an assigned respondent.
          • Essays are distributed to the symposium participants as study documents prior to the Symposium.
          • The Symposium itself will then be a working consultation comprised of eight working groups.  
          • After the Symposium, each writer or team of writers will revise the essays based on discussions held during the Symposium, and the bilingual collection of Symposium essays will be published in early 2015.  


Who Can Participate?

The Symposium is a "seed" effort, which due to resources can only include a small number of the many leaders that should be at such a national consultation.  Therefore, the Symposium is a by invitation only gathering in which participants were selected for eight different topic areas based on their own pastoral, professional or academic expertise.  




There will be intentional conversations on the following eight topic areas:

          • Hispanic Ministry and Education
          • Hispanic Ministry and Immigration
          • Hispanic Ministry and Post-Immigrant Youth
          • Hispanic Ministry and the Parish and in the Movements
          • Hispanic Ministry, New and Old Media, and Technology
          • Hispanic Ministry, Religous Literacy and Engagement with the Bible
          • Hispanic Ministry and Latino/a Leadership Development
          • Hispanic Ministry and the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean

Common threads to be discussed in each of the eight working groups:

          • Evangelization
          • Polarization and divides
          • Women
          • Latino/as in society

 To download a description of each topic area please click here: 2014 Symposium Topic Areas  





          • The 2014 National Symposium on Catholic Hispanic Ministry will be hosted at Mater Doloras Passionist Retreat Center; Mater Dolorosa is located in the city of Sierra Madre, California.
          • Housing and meal accommodations will be provided by the retreat center. 
          • Please visit the Mater Dolorosa website for details about the venue.  
          • Loyola Marymount University is the Symposium host institution.  LMU is located in the city of Los Angeles approximately 36 miles south and west of Mater Dolorosa.  


          • The weather may be warm during the day but cool at night.  We expect to host evening gatherings al fresco and so we suggest you travel with a light sweater or jacket for these evenings.    

Child Care:

          • Child care will not be be offered.  Any person under the age of 18 must be under adult supervision at all times; additionally, non-participants in the Symposium are not to participante in the working groups nor in most of the plenary gatherings.  Therefore only invited participants may attend the Symposium.  We apologize for any inconvenience.   

What to Bring:

          • The gathering is business casual.  A business formal banquet will be held on Tuesday evening.
          • Make sure to pack a light sweater or jacket for the evenings.  

Arrival and Departure


          • Please allow at least 2 hours for arrival and travel from the airport to Mater Dolorsa and at least 3 hours for your departure after the Symposium.  If you are an international guest, add one hour to each suggested minimum time.
          • The Symposium will not coordinate ground transportation upon arrival to Los Angeles or Burbank due to varying arrival times and departure locations.  Participants are asked to make their own transportation arrangements upon arrival in Los Angeles or Burbank.  We have provided links below for your convenience.  
          • The Symposium WILL arrange for shuttle services AT THE END of the Symposium but we ask that you inform the coordinator if you would like accommodations to be made by responding to the Symposium Participant Online Form.

Transportation from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the Retreat Center:  

Transportation from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to the Retreat Center:


Additional Resources for Symposium Participants: 







If you have any questions please contact:


Claudia Ávila

Symposium Coordinator


Tel: 310-258-8604


Mailing Address:

Attn: LMU Latino/a Theology and Ministry Initiative

1 LMU Drive, Suite 1863

Los Angeles, CA 90045