May 15, 2014

Hispanic lay leaders from five parishes deepen their commitment to evangelization by earning Certificate in Catholic Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Hispanic CCT Graduates

The inaugural graduates from Sacred Heart Major Seminary’s Spanish-language Catholic theology certificate program with Archbishop Vigneron and Msgr. Todd Lajiness, rector of the Seminary. Two program participants could not attend because they were involved in First Holy Communion events on graduation day.

Detroit — When Lidia Lopez de Rojas began volunteering to administer Hispanic programs for her Novi parish in 2009, she knew being able to serve the parish’s growing Hispanic population in their own language was critical. Now, five years later, she’s one of a handful of graduates to complete a program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary to help do just that.

Catholic theology certificate graduates Bertha Macias (left) and Lidia Lopez de Rojas (right), who coordinates Hispanic ministries at Holy Family Parish in Novi.

Among a total of 89 graduates in late April, the 17 students who earned certificates in Catholic theology were recruited three years ago through an effort that began with the Together in Faith pastoral planning process. The goal was to provide more and better-trained lay leaders in parishes, one of the seven mission priorities of the Archdiocese of Detroit — and that included the growing Spanish-speaking population.

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