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Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church

A Summary Report of Findings from the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families


March 7, 2016

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM), in collaboration with the Roche Center for Catholic Education at the Lynch School of Education, announce the results of the first ever national survey of Catholic schools serving Hispanic families in the United States.

To view a pdf copy of the study’s executive summary, click the image to the right.


This groundbreaking report offers important findings and analysis based on the first study ever of Catholic schools serving Hispanic families. At a time in which the Church is becoming increasingly Hispanic, the report calls for Catholic education and ministry leaders to intentionally engage Hispanic families and parishes with Hispanic ministry as partners to strengthen Catholic schools in their mission in the United States today.

About the Study

The study was conducted under the leadership of Boston College researchers Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D., assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at the School of Theology and Ministry, and Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Ph.D., executive director of the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education at the Lynch School of Education.

One thousand four hundred eighty-eight Catholic schools were identified as institutions serving Hispanic families and invited to participate in the study. They represent 23% of the 6,568 Catholic schools in the country. Responding schools are located in 130 arch/dioceses, which comprise about 73% of all Latin Rite Catholic arch/dioceses in the United States.

The report focuses on four main areas:
•    Leadership and School culture
•    Students and their families
•    Stewardship Dynamics: Finances, Tuition Assistance, Enrollment, and Marketing
•    Relationships with Parishes and Dioceses

Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes: A Summary Report

National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry


May 5, 2014

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM), in collaboration with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), announce the first comprehensive national study focusing solely on Catholic parishes with Hispanic ministry in the United States.

To view a pdf copy of the study's executive summary, click the image to the right.

The findings of this study seek to provide timely resources for pastoral leaders and academics to assess the Church’s response to the Hispanic presence in parishes, important contributions of Hispanics to the U.S. Catholic experience, and key areas of ministry where the Church in the U.S. must invest now to remain vibrant in the twenty-first century.

About the Study

The study was conducted between 2011 and 2013 under the leadership of Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D., assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

The parishes involved constitute 25% of all Catholic parish communities in the country. The population of Hispanic Catholics, currently 40% of all U.S. Catholics, is anticipated to continue expanding in the coming decades.

The study focuses on four main areas:

  • Impact of the Hispanic presence in Catholic parish dynamics, with particular attention to models of organization and strategies to better evangelize in the context of a culturally diverse church.
  • Leadership structures and needs to better support pastoral agents serving in Catholic parishes with Hispanic ministry.
  • Initiatives, commitments, and resources to advance faith formation among Hispanic Catholics at various age levels in parishes.
  • Diocesan structures supporting Hispanic ministry and the relationship of these structures with parishes serving Hispanic Catholics.


More on Hispanic Ministry


Video

The future of Hispanic ministry:  A video conversation with Hosffman Ospino.


Hispanic Ministry Initiatives at Boston College

View STM Programs in Hispanic Ministry

Learn more about Hispanic Ministry from @Boston College


In the Media

New York Times (May 5, 2014)

Boston Globe (May 5, 2014)

Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly (May 5, 2014)

National Catholic Reporter (May 5, 2014)

Patheos (May 5, 2014)

Boston College Chronicle (May 5, 2014)