Jaime Torres: 2012 Lumen Christi Award Finalist

Torres

“I truly believe Jaime Torres is a great example. God transformed his life completely, and he is not just words, he actually lives what he preaches.”

“God is with you and He has looked upon you with merciful eyes and He has chosen you. Through the voice and gifts which God has given you, you will succeed in evangelizing. May God continue to bless you”

Jaime Torres, Diocese of Little Rock, AR

Jaime “El Serio” Torres spent much of his young adult life on the margins of society. A gang member by the age of 15, he was immersed in violence and plagued by drug addiction. An arrest in 2000 led to a life-changing conversion. He prayed that the Lord would help him avoid a jail sentence, and in return, promised to dedicate himself to serving the church. His prayers were answered, and since then, Torres has kept his promise, using his own experiences to reach marginalized youth in the Diocese of Little Rock.

In 2006, Torres created Fuerza Transformadora (“Transforming Power”), a homegrown movement that helps gang members and addicts reform their lives and turn to Christ. Now in six cities, these groups preach on the streets, bringing people into the life of the Church and educating local law enforcement about gang activity. Torres uses his personal story to relate to youth facing the same social pressures he once knew. He never loses sight of this unique position and draws upon his talents, experiences and commitment to Christ to strengthen this relationship, producing Christian rap music with a strong anti-violence message.

In 2010, Torres became the Associate Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Little Rock, extending his influence into the region’s Hispanic Catholic community. He now addresses the pastoral needs of Hispanics of all ages by establishing parish- and diocesan-level faith formation groups, including the Escuela de Evangelización San Andrés (“School of San Andres”) catechesis program. Torres is a true light of Christ, sharing the transformative power of faith with those most in need.