Regional Summer Seminar on Formation for Hispanic Ministry

General Report on the 5th Seminar

The 5th Seminar participants gathered in Menlo Park, California, at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center. A total of 45 participants attended, and for the first time every (arch)diocese in California and Nevada was represented. Also in attendance were representatives from four Catholic universities, two independent pastoral institutes and Dr. Jose Antonio Medina representing the California Catholic Conference. An important development that has emerged from the reflection and work of the 5th Seminar is a statement on higher education access.

The primary purpose of the Statement on Formation and Higher Education is to cultivate a serious conversation between formation programs and institutions of Catholic higher education. It is hoped, that in each archdiocese or diocese, a conversation might be started with the Ordinary in order to understand the best ways to manage this urgent need for Catholic higher education felt in Hispanic ministry formation programs throughout the region.


  • The theme of the seminar was respect between cultures, for this reflection Dr. Arturo Chavez of Mexican American College (MACC) was invited to direct the process of reflection on the subject.
  • Dr. Jose Antonio Medina gave an brief summary of what has been accomplished in the first four seminars: 2008 at LMU, 2009 in Oceanside, California, 2010 in Las Vegas, and 2011 in Collegeville, Minnesota.
  • Dr. Robert Hurteau reviewed the progress of the Seminar in the implementation of the priorities, which were outlined in 2010, and provided a report on academic institutions offering higher education for U.S. Hispanics.
  • Bishop Jaime Soto spoke on the topic of collaborative ministry from his perspective as a bishop. He offered practical criteria to guide pastoral service in a spirit of collaboration within different pastoral environments.
  • The National Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (LEM) was the last topic discussed. It will be important to see if the Seminario will be called upon to review the portfolios of certification applicants.

Steering Committee

  • Robert Hurteau, Loyola Marymount University
  • Olivia Cornejo, Diocese of Orange (2012-2015)
  • José Luis Elias, Diocese of San Bernardino (2012-2015)
  • Mary Jo Waggoner, Diocese of San Diego (2012-2015)

Adjunct for Higher Education Issues:

  • Robert Lassalle-Klein, Holy Name University

Coordinator and Secretary:

  • Carlos Obando, Loyola Marymount Univeristy