The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University hosted a first of its kind symposium on Hispanic/Latino(a) Catholics in the United States on October 5-6, 2008 at the Georgetown University Conference Center.  The symposium brought together social scientists who have conducted research about Hispanic/Latino(a) Catholics and those who are engaged in or responsible for ministry with Hispanic/Latino(a) Catholics. 

The symposium featured a keynote address by Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, entitled, "Hispanic Ministry: New Realities and Choices." The symposium also included presentations by nationally recognized scholars and pastoral leaders that will focus on leadership and generational issues.  The symposium allowed time for conversations among researchers, practitioners, and pastoral leaders as well as recommendations to further both research and ministry among Hispanic/Latino(a) Catholics.

The full schedule and list of speakers are available here:
Proceedings from the symposium will be posted here soon. CARA also recommends the following readings that were used to help prepare for the symposium.

Changing Faith: Latino Catholics and the Transformation of American Religion
This report was published by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in April 2007. 
We recommend the entire report, but especially the Executive Summary and Chapters 1-5.  The report can be downloaded and printed from the Pew Hispanic Center website.  Copies of the full report will also be available at the symposium.
-Select this link to access the full report.

Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Essays on Latino/a Religious Leadership
This book was edited by Edwin Hernández, Milagros Peña, Rev. Kenneth Davis, and Elizabeth Station and published by Brill Academic Press in 2006.  We recommend especially Chapter 3. 
-Select this link to download Chapter 3.
-Select this link to see the book.

The Center for the Study of Latino Religion
The Center for the Study of Latino Religion, based at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has published a number of studies of interest to this audience. 
-Select this link for studies from the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the University of Notre Dame.

"Latinos in U.S. Catholicism"
This essay by Tim Matovina will be a chapter in a forthcoming volume on the future of American Catholicism, to be published by Columbia University Press.  The essay engages much of the current sociological research on Latino Catholics. 
We also recommend another essay by Tim Matovina, "Hispanic Catholics: 'El futuro' Is Here,"  published in the September 14, 2001 issue of Commonweal Magazine.
-Select this link to download the essay "Latinos in U.S. Catholicism".
-Select this link to read the Commonweal article.

Pathways of Hope and Faith among Hispanic Teens: Pastoral Reflections and Strategies Inspired by the National Study of Youth and Religion
This book was edited by Ken Johnson-Mondragon and published by Instituto Fe y Vida in 2007.  A series of articles by Ken Johnson-Mondragon based on the same data are available on the Fe y Vida website. See especially Perspectives #1, 3, and 5.  The articles can be downloaded free of charge, but they cannot be printed.  Printed copies are available for purchase from Fe y Vida.
-Select this link to access the Perspectives series.
-Select this link to see the book.


CARA Research about Hispanics
Most CARA research contains information about Hispanic Catholics, but this academic article explores methodological issues in determining how many Hispanics are Catholic.
- "How Many Hispanics are Catholic?