Loading
Latino Catholic association opens new Washington, DC chapter
CALL president Robert Aguirre
CALL president Robert Aguirre

.- The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders opened its newest chapter in Washington, D.C. on March 23, with a ceremony at the Vatican's embassy to the United States.

Washington, D.C.'s Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl presided at the commissioning ceremony, which also featured remarks from Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles and U.S. papal nuncio Archbishop Pietro Sambi. Archbishop Gomez was among the association's founding members at its beginning in 2007.

As an organization of the lay faithful, the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders has a twofold focus on strengthening Latino Catholics' faith lives, and influencing the direction of American society in keeping with Catholic social and moral teachings.

The association’s president and CEO, Robert Aguirre, took the opportunity to explain the organization's purpose to attendees at the opening ceremony.

“First and foremost, CALL is about taking the individual responsibility to transform our lives through spiritual renewal and growth,” said Aguirre.

“Second, it is about fulfilling our individual and collective responsibility to speak out and speak strongly on the important issues of our time.”

“Today, more than ever,” he reflected, “we are challenged on issues that strike to the very heart of respect for human life, human dignity, and social justice.”

Aguirre explained that the group’s foundational document is the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' 1998 pastoral statement, “Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics.” He summarized the document as a call for a “renewal” of Catholic action “in our public life and our institutions.”

He stated that the association “seeks to meet this challenge, and fulfill our responsibility, in several ways” – beginning with the formation of local chapters focused on prayer and planning, and continuing with analysis and advocacy on social questions from a Catholic perspective.

Aguirre concluded his remarks by recalling a saying of Archbishop Gomez. “Our beloved founder and Episcopal Moderator,” he recalled, “once wrote: 'Justice in society begins in the human heart.'”

“CALL’s mission and purpose is no different,” Aguirre said. “In begins in our hearts.”

“Our prayer tonight is that, together, we will grow in our discipleship to be leaven in the world, salt of the earth, and a light to our nation.”

The association's Washington, D.C. chapter is its eighth, following the establishment of branches in Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Miami, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and San Antonio. In addition to its new Washington, D.C. chapter, the association is also working to form a branch in New York.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
17

Liturgical Calendar

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 13:1-15

Gospel
Date
04/17/14
04/16/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

Homily of the Day

Jn 13:1-15

Homily
Date
04/17/14
04/16/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: