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Hispanic Catholic bishops meet at Notre Dame

Author: Arts and Letters


An informal meeting of the nation’s Hispanic Catholic bishops was held at the University of Notre Dame on Sept. 24 and 25.

The gathering was organized in consultation with the bishops by John Cavadini, chair of theology and director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life (ICL); Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, Notre Dame Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology; and Rev. Richard v. Warner, C.S.C., director of Notre Dame’s Office of Campus Ministry.

Among the topics discussed by the bishops were appropriate pastoral responses to the issue of immigration; the recent closing of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs; and proposals for new educational and catechetical ICL programs for Catholic Hispanic youths and Spanish-speaking seminarians.

Nine bishops attended the meeting, the third of its kind to be held at Notre Dame. They were Bishop Octavio Cisneros of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Bishop Raymundo Pea of Brownsville, Texas.; Bishop James Tamayo of Laredo, Texas.; Bishop Francisco Gonzalez of Washington, D.C.; Bishop Armando Ochoa of El Paso, Texas.; Bishop Gustavo Garca-Siller of Chicago; Archbishop Jos Gmez of San Antonio; Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle; and Bishop Jos Vasquez of Galveston-Houston.

The meeting concluded with a Mass concelebrated by the bishops in Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Contact: Rev. Virgilio Elizondo at 574-631-1-3792 or _

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on September 27, 2007.