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Religious Communities and Associations 

  • Holy Cross CSC 
    Here are some resources that came from a convocation at Moreau Seminary in 2007, entitled The Summit: Strategic Pastoral Planning for Hispanic Ministry in Holy Cross.
  • Glenmary Home Missioners
    A Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with coworkers and a cooperating community of Glenmary Home Mission Sisters, is dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of people throughout Appalachia, the South and Southwest.
  • Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence (MCDP) 
    As a religious community of Mexican American women, we bring our language, our culture, and our faith to build the church, working as God’s instruments of warmth, compassion, truth, and love. Click here to read their very interesting history.
  • Misioneras Guadalupanas 
  • Asociación Nacional de Sacerdotes Hispanos (ANSH) 
    ANSH es una asociación sacerdotal, fruto de un largo proceso de maduración y consolidación de varias asociaciones de sacerdotes,


  • Say Sí 
    SAY Sí is a year round, long-term, non-profit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers. SAY Sí’s MAS [Media Arts Studio], is a creative multi-media environment where students can develop their artistic voices through the use of innovative and empowering communications and media technology.
  • Corridos Sin Fronteras 
    Learn about Corridos from the Smithsonian. Tambien en español.
  • Accordion Dreams from PBS 
    Everything you wanted to know about Conjunto music can be found on this website – based on a documentary by Hector Galan. Also, here is a good article by foremost Conjunto expert Manuel Peña.
  • Los Angeles: Painted City 
    Murals in Los Angeles CA
  • Soul to Squeeze 
    About the accordion and Conjunto music
  • ChicanoArt.org 
    An Educational Forum Furthering the Conversation Regarding Mesoamerican Roots and Contemporary Chicano Aesthetic Vision
  • Border Cultures: Conjunto Music 
    The music of the Mexico/United States border region is one of the most vibrant expressions of this unique culture. The links on this page provide starting points for learning about the conjunto musical style, its history, cultural significance, and artistry. From the Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dueling Accordions 
    How the Texas-bred music made famous by Selena is losing the tug-of-war with Mexico. Austin American-Statesman, 2006
  • Los Padrinos 
    One of my favorite musical groups
  • San Antonio Murals 
    The San Anto Cultural Arts Center has tried to restore and maintain the tradition of painting murals in our local community.



  • Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) 
    ACORN is the nation’s largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. They also have the Acorn Institute which provides education on community organizational models, and promotes neighborhood awareness, legal assistance, and global-local connections.
  • Valley Interfaith 
    This website is an exploration of how people change through their involvement in Valley Interfaith. But it’s also an exploration of the use of media as a means to capture, understand, and present these changes.
  • C.O.P.S 
    Written in 2005 , this article describes the community based organization known as COPS (Communities Organized for Public Service) based in San Antonio, Tx. Here is an older article (1978)that is also very interesting – by Moises Sandoval.
  • From West San Antonio to East L.A.
    Chicano Community Leadership Compared. A working paper from Stanford University, by David Badillo. It gives a good summary and insight into the political climate and history of these two heavily Hispanic cities. 1989.

  • Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation 
    The Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the life, work, and values of Cesar E. Chavez through educational and cultural activities in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Hispanic Online
    Here is a great place to search out Hispanic organizations!
  • Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC)
    The Mexican American Unity Council, Inc. provides guidance, services, and resources within Bexar County in areas of education, housing, health, community and economic development.
  • The Julian Samora Research Institute 
    Committed to the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge to serve the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest. To this end, it has organized a number of publication initiatives to facilitate the timely dissemination of current research and information relevant to Latinos.
  • The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 
    Founded in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas, MALDEF is the leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States. MALDEF’s mission is to foster sound public policies, laws and programs to safeguard the civil rights of the 45 million Latinos living in the United States and to empower the Latino community to fully participate in our society.
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 
    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is one of the leading Hispanic non-profit and non-partisan 501(c) (3) organizations in the country. CHCI was established in 1978 by Congressman Edward Roybal, Congressman E. “Kika” de la Garza and Congressman Baltasar Corrada to help increase opportunities for Hispanics to participate in and contribute to the American policy making process.
  • The League of United Latin American Citizens 
    Since 1929, LULAC has focused heavily on education, civil rights, and employment for Hispanics. LULAC councils provide more than a million dollars in scholarships to Hispanic students each year, conduct citizenship and voter registration drives, develop low income housing units, conduct youth leadership training programs, and seek to empower the Hispanic community at the local, state and national level.
  • Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras 
    Tambien en español
  • The American GI Forum
    Out of the days of World War II arose stories of valor of America’s young men and women and of hope and renewed idealism. As millions of veterans returned home, many looked to the GI Bill of Rights, which guaranteed educational, medical, housing and other basic benefits. But these benefits were being denied in large part to Americans of Mexican descent and other Hispanics throughout the United States. Read about the founder, Dr. Hector Garcia. Here is a nice pictorial history.
  • Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together Foundation 
    MATT (Mexicans & Americans Thinking Together), in San Antonio Tx, encourages Mexicans and Americans to think together and take action to understand and solve the major problems of our two nations to the benefit of both peoples.
  • Tomás Rivera Policy Institute 
    The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, housed at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, is widely respected as the nation’s premier Latino think tank. For nearly two decades, TRPI has studied and analyzed the issues of the Latino population in the United States. Latinos now comprise the nation’s largest “minority” population and its fastest growing. By 2050, one-fourth of all Americans will be of Latino origin.
  • L.U.P.E. 
    La Union del Pueblo Entero, a community organization inspired by the work of Cesar Chavez.
  • National Council of La Raza 
    NCLR is the largest national constituency-based Hispanic organization and the leading voice in Washington, DC for the Hispanic community.
  • The Willie C. Velasquez Institute 
    The purpose of WCVI is to conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities.

  • Pastoral Maya USA 
    Pastoral Maya is an organization of Maya US citizens and other people interested that promotes education about Maya and indigenous cultures of the Americas. Pastoral Maya works to educate Maya children and the general society about Maya and indigenous culture, history, and religion. The survival of Maya religious faith, primarily Catholic but with special connections to past history, is also a concern of Pastoral Maya. Watch video
  • Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L)
    The purpose of C.A.L.L. is to work with the Church for the common good in the service of Latino communities in the United States. C.A.L.L. was formed in September 2007, when Catholic Latino businessmen and professionals from around the country gathered at the Archdiocese of Denver to announce the creation of the organization. (Website under construction)
  • The Catholic Church Extension Society
    The Catholic Church Extension Society exists to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith in poor and remote mission areas of the United States where diocesan resources are insufficient. Catholic Extension builds national awareness and raises funds for the Church’s needs in these communities so as to enable the essential mission of Catholic evangelization.
  • Association of Lay Latinos 
    Our initial mission is to address the current fragmentation and segregation of Latinos by fomenting the National Pastoral Plan for the Hispanic Ministry (NPPHM). Website still under development.
  • National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry 
    Promoting Hispanic Ministry through advocacy, education,and networking.
  • National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry 
    We, the Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry, recognizing the commitment of Hispanic Catholics to the mission of Jesus Christ, unite in His liberating spirit to promote the full participation of Hispanics in church and society in communion with the Catholic bishops of the United States. In the spirit of a pastoral de conjunto, we commit ourselves to leadership development, mutual support, critical analysis and prayerful reflection.
  • Federación de Institutos Pastorales (FIP) 
    FIP es una organización que reúne a institutos nacionales, regionales, diocesanos y locales comprometidos con la formación y enriquecimiento del pueblo hispano a todos los niveles, en su contexto histórico y cultural.
  • Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia 
    The Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia, Inc. is an organization composed of liturgists, representatives of catholic organizations, diocesan and parish leaders, ordained and lay persons, responsible to promote the liturgical life of each faith community.
  • South East Pastoral Institute (SEPI) 
    El SEPI es una organización educativa y de servicio que asiste a los Obispos Católicos de nueve estados del sureste a desarrollar y entrenar líderes en su fe y cultura para la integración de la comunidad hispana en la vida de la Iglesia y de la sociedad.
  • United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 
    Here is a list of Catholic Conferences by State.
  • Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (CELAM) 
    Here is a link to the 5th General Conference of CELAM held in Aparecida, Brazil in English
  • The Institute for Latino Studies
    The Institute for Latino Studies, in keeping with the distinctive mission, values, and traditions of the University of Notre Dame, promotes understanding and appreciation of the social, cultural, and religious life of U.S. Latinos through advancing research, expanding knowledge, and strengthening community.
  • The Midwest Catholic Association of Hispanic Ministry (MWCAHM)
    MWCAHM is composed of directors and coordinators of Hispanic Ministry of the various archdioceses and dioceses within the Episcopal regions VI and VII.
  • ARISE in the Rio Grande Valley 
    The women of ARISE, supported and encouraged by Sister Gerrie Naughton, have been telling their relatives, friends and neighbors in the colonias of southern Texas: “Yes, you can do it.”
  • Hispanic Studies at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest -ETSS
    This Hispanic studies program at ETSS is designed to help the seminary and the rest of the church address the changing demographic and cultural trends in our society.
  • Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network
    Bringing a pastoral presence to the lives of migrant and seasonal farmworkers
  • The Mexican American Cultural Center 
    In the early 1970s, PADRES, a Mexican American priests’ organization and Las Hermanas, a Mexican American religious women’s group, worked with the Texas Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of San Antonio to bring MACC into being. The mission of MACC is to educate and empower leaders for service in a multicultural Church and Society





  • Catholic Charismatic Renewal 
    Renewing the grace of Pentecost in the life and mission of the Church. En español
  • Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service (ACTS) 
    Derived from the Cursillos de Cristiandad, ACTS Missions is a non-profit corporation with a board of directors composed of religious and lay men and women. Its mission statement reads: “ACTS MISSIONS spreads the Gospel of Jesus Christ among Catholic communities by promoting, consulting in, facilitating and sponsoring ACTS retreats.”
  • Movimiento Familiar Cristiano – USA
    MFC Es un movimiento laico Católico que agrupa familias Católicas para fortalecer en la formación de familias, apoyadas con la asistencia de Obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos y religiosas.
  • World Wide Marriage Encounter 
    Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It’s a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It’s a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other.
  • Cursillos de Cristiandad 
    “The Cursillo Movement is both a movement and a method. The purpose of the movement is to create small groups of Christians that will evangelize their environments with the gospel spirit. The purpose of the method is to help persons live what is fundamental for being a Christian by committing themselves to the spiritual aids the church offers in order to grow in piety, study, and action”. Originally from Spain, it been called the first “novitiate” for Hispanic laity in the Church. ¡De Colores! (En español)
  • Mexican Labor Movement in the United States 
    An account of the Mexican work force from the braceros to the United Farm Workers of America and Cesar Chavez.
  • Small Christian Communities in North America
    In North America various organizations offer an array of support to dioceses, parishes and individuals who participate in, create and support small Christian communities evolving from the Catholic tradition.
  • Casa Juan Diego
    One of my favorite websites. The Catholic Worker House in Houston Texas, run by Mark and Louise Zwick.


  • Posadas Project 
    The Posadas Project seeks to promote the celebration of Las Posadas and to dedicate this Advent to the solidarity called for in Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope, the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform. The movie Posada is a film about unaccompanied children knocking on America’s door.
  • Gatekeeper Productions 
    John Carlos Frey and Jack Lorenz have embarked on films depicting the struggle and experience of undocumented migrants in the US. They have produced the “Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” and “The Invisible Chapel”.
  • Network Brownout Report 2006
    Despite the growing influence and presence of the nation’s Latino community, stories about Latinos remain woefully absent on the network news. Occasionally, as was the case this year, we see some signs of improvement. Nonetheless, when a story about Latinos periodically makes it on the air, the coverage is often stereotypical, 2006. By the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
  • JM Communications 
    A digital media production group interested in religion and culture. They have an emphasis on US Latina and Latino life within the multi-cultural, multi-religious, globalized world that we inhabit.
  • Hispanic Ministry Resource Center 
    The Hispanic Ministry Resource Center, created in 1990, grew out of the Claretians’ desire to provide resources for pastoral ministers working with Hispanic communities throughout the country.
  • The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) 
    The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc. was established in 1983 as a private non-profit organization to create a network of non-commercial telecommunications facilities to advance the educational, social, cultural, and economic aspirations of Hispanics.
  • Guadalupe Radio Network Operated by the La Promesa Foundation 
    La Promesa Foundation is a non-profit organization established in May 1996 by a group of lay Catholics. The Foundation chose the name ‘La Promesa’ because in the beginning, the Incorporators made a promise in our mission statement, requesting the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • ¡OYE! Magazine 
    The ¡OYE! VOCATION & VOLUNTEER RESOURCE GUIDE is a free, faith and discernment annual publication that reaches out to the exploding young, Hispanic Catholic community in the United States with the dynamic message of God’s call on these young people’s lives. Encouraging readers to consider both a call to consecrated life and volunteerism. Tambien en español! From the Hispanic Ministry Resource Center.
  • Latin American Press
    Their mission is “To produce independent and reliable information and analysis about Latin America and the Caribbean with an emphasis on the problems and situations that affect the human rights of vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the population, and distribute it among individuals, groups and forums whose work has the power to contribute to the construction of more just societies.”