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 whilst the biggest cultural part of the church nationwide.
For the Southwest, in which the rise happens to be 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 majority that is solid of 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. Continue reading “US Hispanic Catholics are future, but priest figures dismal”