PHOENIX (AP) — Maria Chavira, a senior administrator in the Diocese of Phoenix, claims Spanish-speaking Catholic parishes in her own area are “bursting during the seams” and celebrates the emergence of Hispanics while the largest cultural element of the church nationwide.
For the Southwest, where in actuality the rise is dramatic, Roman Catholic leaders are excited by the opportunities — and well alert to daunting challenges.
Hispanics now account fully for 40% of most U.S. Catholics, and a solid most of school-age Catholics. Yet Hispanic Americans are strikingly underrepresented in Catholic schools plus in the priesthood — accounting for significantly less than 19% of Catholic college enrollment and just about 3% of U.S. -based priests.
Into the Phoenix diocese, you will find than 700,000 Hispanics away from a complete of 1.2 million Catholics. Yet away from significantly more than 200 priests, Catholic scientists counted only seven American-born Hispanics.
Considerable efforts are under option to slim the demographic gaps. Continue reading “US Hispanic Catholics are future, but priest figures dismal”