U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange Program
The U.S.-Latin American Sisters Exchange Program funds religious sisters from Latin American congregations to minister among Latino immigrant populations in Extension dioceses across the United States. 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 from the Global South.
Sisters participating in the program receive intensive pastoral leadership training and gain valuable ministry skills that help them build up and strengthen the faith of the people they serve. Through their work, the sisters staff ministries that serve families, provide religious education, women’s spirituality and youth and young adult ministry. At the end of the program, the sisters return to their Latin American congregations, which will in turn benefit from their increased training and experience.
The first cohort of 36 sisters graduated from the program in spring 2019. In the summer and fall of that year, the second cohort of sisters arrived. They are currently ministering across the United States and taking classes and various trainings through several university partners, including a robust bachelors and masters degree program offered through St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
To read about how the our sisters in the Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin are ministering during the pandemic, click here.
Watch the video below to see how sisters from the program took to the streets in the Diocese of San Bernardino to inspire faith in their community.