Urban ministry needs support - Catholic Courier

Urban ministry needs support

To the editor:

I was very interested in the recent Courier article about Brother Juan Lozada Roca, who will be the new head of the Spanish Apostolate for the diocese. He is a necessary and, I’m sure, welcome addition to the community.

The “Urban Presence” in our city is crucial to the survival and growth of our church. With increasing number of Latinos, also comes a need for cultural sensitivity among our church leaders. There are many denominations within the Urban Community willing, able and eager to meet the needs of our Latino brothers and sisters. They have honed their evangelization skills and reached out in great numbers to those in spiritual need.

It is so important for our church to recognize that need and return our focus toward the city. There are very few clergy in this diocese who have a true sensitivity to the culture and customs of the Hispanic community. There are fewer in the laity who are aware of the desperate need to keep an Urban Presence in our city.

We are a rich and diverse diocese with flourishing suburban parishes who need to recognize their Christian responsibility to the struggling Urban Churches whose operating budgets for an entire year barely exceed the state of the art lighting and sound systems of some of our suburban parishes.

I urge our suburban brothers and sisters to visit one of our city parishes and attend a Spanish Mass. The experience will enrich and inspire you to support Juan Lozada and the important ministry he represents.

Sandy Nucelli

Wimbledon Road

Rochester

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