Do you think God only calls extraordinary people to do something special? Here you will find regular people, like you and me, who heard the invitation from God. They responded, and today walk with our people, faithful to God’s wishes. How will you respond?

Generosity doesn’t take much. Spanish saint Pedro Poveda said, “You don’t have to be rich to give.” You only have to be kind. Just what do you give when you have nothing? Giving money can sometimes be relatively easy; it gives you a clear conscience, you know the money is going toward a good goal, and so it doesn’t hurt as much. The problem with being generous is that sometimes it does hurt; it is about giving yourself, your time and energy, and leaving many things behind.There are volunteering opportunities that are pleasant and even fun. You live in community, work during the day, and even...
 ¡OYE! is pleased to announce its call for submissions for its 2016 edition. ¡OYE! is an annual magazine addressed to Catholic Hispanic youth, which serves as a useful tool in the search of God’s calls in life. ¡OYE!’s mission is to connect with and inspire Latino youth through non-fiction content revolving around encouraging successes (large or small, just very real) in other Latinos’ lives. Our focus is to empower our readers for their life path through avenues of faith, education, and leadership development. ¡OYE! is distributed to youth directors and...
 In 1971, another two Hispanic bishops were appointed: Juan Arzube and René Gracida. That same year the USCCB’s Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs was established with Pablo Sedillo at the helm. • At the time, Mexican American, Gerald Barnes was rejected for ordination by a religious superior, because he wanted to work with Hispanics. Archbishop Flores gave him the opportunity to continue his studies in San Antonio; today, he is the bishop of San Bernardino, California.• Victory Noll sister, Gregoria Ortega worked to improve the education and labor conditions of Hispanics in the Diocese of...
In the beginning… • In 1945, Bishop Robert E. Lucey, known for his fight for justice and the rights of workers, took a giant leap forward when he established an office for Spanish speakers in San Antonio, Texas. This was the beginning of a passionate history of work by the Hispanic community. • Between 1946 and 1968, an enormous effort to respond to the ministry needs of the Hispanic community was launched by priests, religious men and women, and lay people in every region of the country. • In 1969, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) established the Office for...
 By Dulce GamboaMy favorite time of the year—when I get to spend time with Bread for the World members, activists, and supporters—is our National Gathering and Lobby Day. There’s nothing more inspiring to me than seeing people praying in the halls of Congress and advocating with their senators and representatives to end hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad.This year is very special. We are celebrating 40 years of successful advocacy efforts—side by side with churches and Christians across the country—that have translated into significant victories for hungry and poor people...
- By Nancy Pineda-MadridLike any journey, mine had a telling beginning, some detours, a few chance encounters that changed everything, and some bends in the road that opened up new horizons. My journey began within the folds of Mexican-American Catholicism, held dear by both of my parents. I grew up in El Paso, Texas where the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was everywhere. Her story of possibility and of new beginnings in life has never failed to captivate me. In my early twenties the divine mystery of Guadalupe was brought home to me one December 12 when we celebrated her feast in Palomas,...
- By Sandra NavarroIt is possible that as a child, during star-filled nights, José M. Hernández Moreno would look up at the sky counting or wishing he could reach them. Perhaps he may have tried to identify the constellations or see stellar figures. After many years, he literally almost did it. He is the first Mexican American farm worker to become an astronaut.Hernández Moreno was born in French Camp, California; his Mexican parents are originally from Michoacán. During his childhood, he worked beside his father and siblings in farms in California and Mexico. He spent six months a year in...
- By Elisabeth RománWhen Noelle García was a teenager she was so emotionally distraught she decided it was time to end her pain. Every year thousands of young people commit suicide; in fact, it is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. García’s sadness, pain, and lack of self-esteem led her to attempt suicide as a way to escape. Fortunately, she failed and today, the mother of three uses her experience and talent to help other teens dealing with issues of sex, drugs, alcohol, and suicide. “I had a teenage girl come up to me after a talk and she had scars...
- By Sandra Navarro"Chuy”, as his friends call him, was somewhat shy and didn’t like interacting much with others. One day, while he was playing basketball with his cousins, he met a seminarian, who invited him to join the youth group; he said yes, but never went. “Until one day he saw me with my mom; we were going to Mass. I was just 13 years old and he spoke directly to my mom, asking her if I could join the youth group. She said yes and took me by force to the meeting taking place precisely after Mass that day,” Jesús De León said with a laugh. “On that first day, they asked me to...
- By Ángel Carrión Továrez On March 13, 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Bishop of Rome. Since he emerged on the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican until today, the gestures and the expression of Pope Francis have marked a before and after in the Catholic Church. He has joined the causes of the poor, needy, disabled, sick, helpless, exploited, migrants, and refugees; and demonstrated an extraordinary openness in doctrinal matters. For Armando Rubén Puente, author of La vida oculta de Bergoglio (The Hidden Life of Bergoglio), this does...
 

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