The U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange Program funds religious sisters from Latin American congregations who will come to minister among Latino immigrant populations in a “mission diocese” in the United States and be provided opportunities to develop as leaders and increase their impact and visibility as ministers to marginalized populations. The program is made possible through Catholic Extension’s partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, which has the goal of enhancing congregational vitality for religious sisters in the Global South and therefore, while the sisters are ministering in the U.S., they will receive education and various trainings. This program will be mutually beneficial to the participating congregations and the faith communities in this country where they come to serve.
This program includes ten participating mission dioceses that will each host a group of three or four sisters from a particular Latin American congregation that the local bishop has vetted and approved. The sisters will live together as a community and focus their ministry on providing human development services to those that are most in need.
This program will take place over a five-year period, and will begin in 2019 and end in 2023.
Participating dioceses will receive funding to cover the following:
- Up to $100,000 each year for five years to cover the salary and benefits (health insurance, retirement etc) for three or four sisters.
- Legal and immigration fees for processing their religious worker visas.
- Cost of education and language training for the sisters at Catholic Extension partnership colleges and universities.
- Travel costs for the bishop's interview with congregation's superior general or provincial.
Participating dioceses would receive approximately $125,000 per year to cover these costs. Over five years this would total more than $600,000.
Participating dioceses should understand that:
- Participating sisters will earn a master’s degree in Global Organizational Development or a bachelor’s degree in Social Science with the help of Catholic Extension’s university partners
- The sisters will begin ministries that respond to the needs and aspirations of their communities, with a focus on human development services, providing support for at-risk women and families by proactively empowering young women and children to shape and improve their lives.
Documents and Application
Please carefully read the program details in the GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS document.
After reviewing the guidelines and expectation document, if you feel like your diocese is prepared to embrace the basic program elements described, we would encourage you to complete the online application for review.
You will need to download the following documents to complete and upload into the online application:
- Guidelines Agreement Document
- Participant Commitment Document
- USLASEP Program Budget Worksheet
- Job Description for the Sister (provided by the diocese)
Click here to access the online application form, due by January 11, 2019.
For More Information
Contact Erika Cedrone, Senior Director of Mission, at 617.817.2907 or firstname.lastname@example.org.