RENEW's Sr. Veronica Mendez Participates
in Latinos and the Future of Catholicism Panel

Sister Verónica Méndez, RCD, of RENEW International, participated in a distinguished panel of speakers on the subject, Latinos and the Future of Catholicism, held Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 6:30 PM at the Museum of the City of New York.

Sister Méndez was chosen because of her work ministering with Hispanics for over forty years. The panel addressed the changing dynamics of the Catholic faith in the Latino community.

Sister Méndez, a Sister of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine, works as a Pastoral Service team member for RENEW International, presenting on topics of adult faith formation and outreach to Spanish and English-speaking groups in parishes around the United States. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Puerto Rican barrio of Spanish Harlem, NYC, Sister Méndez earned a Masters in Theological Studies in Hispanic Ministry from The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in California. She actively participates in numerous Latino organizations including the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, the Institute for Hispanic Liturgy, Las Hermanas, and Jesuit Hispanic Ministry among others. From 1991 to 1999, Sister directed the formation program for Hispanic ministry in Mundelein Seminary, Illinois.

Rafael Pi Roman, the host and senior editor of WNET/Thirteen’s Emmy award-winning program “New York Voices,” led the panel in a discussion of the history and future of Latinos in Catholic New York. In addition to SisterMéndez, Mr. Pi Roman was joined by Reverend Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, former President of the Pontifical University of Puerto Rico; Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College; Barbara Gonzalez, Chair, Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia; and David Gonzalez, columnist, The New York Times.

This discussion was presented in conjunction with Catholics inNew York, 1808-1946, a special exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, exploring the history of the largest religious group in New York, from the founding of New York’s diocese in 1808 to the implementation of the G.I. Bill, which ultimately paved the way to the suburbs for many of New York’s Catholics.

Catholics in New York, 1808-1946, is presented on the occasion of the bicentennial of the formation of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which features photographs, paintings, schoolbooks, family heirlooms, political memorabilia, and oral histories.

Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street.


Martes • 29 de julio • 6:30 PM
Latinos y el futuro del catolicismo 
La cara del catolicismo en Nueva York se está transformando rápidamente por los inmigrantes de América Latina, pero a la vez muchos católicos latinos se apartan del catolicismo en favor del protestantismo evangélico.  

Rafael Pi Roman, presentador y editor del programa “New York Voices” de WNET-Canal 13 y ganador del premio Emmy, dirigirá un coloquio sobre la historia y el futuro de los católicos latinos en Nueva York. Se acompañará por Monseñor Lorenzo Albacete, el ex presidente de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico; Barbara González, del Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia; David González, columnista, The New York Times; Sor Verónica Méndez, del RENEW International Service Team; Mario J. Paredes, presidente y CEO, Catholic Association of Latino Leaders; y Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, profesor emérito de Brooklyn College.   

Entrada: $9 adultos / $5 personas de la tercera edad, estudiantes, y socios del Museo Para reservas, llame al (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395, o envíe un e-mail a programs@mcny.org 

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street