Hispanic Ministry

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Hispanic Ministry

One of the ministries within the scope of the Diocesan Department of Catholic Charities is Hispanic Ministry. Shepherded by Father Brian Smith, the work of Hispanic Ministry provides pastoral care and spiritual support to the Hispanic community within the Diocese of Youngstown. This month of September, as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, join us in reading about the gracious work of Hispanic Ministry.


Migrant Ministry in Hartville

Every year, families arrive from Mexico to work in the fields, greenhouses, and warehouses around Hartville, in northeastern Stark County. These families come to work through a government program through which companies and landowners can recruit seasonal workers. These families live in simple housing units near their places of work. The Diocese of Youngstown has responded to the spiritual needs of these families, many of whom are Catholic.

Priests of the Diocese of Youngstown, the Diocese of Cleveland, and the Dominican Province of St. Joseph come to celebrate a weekly Sunday Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, near the homes of the workers. Deacon Mike Capitena (Holy Spirit parish in Uniontown) coordinates a team of volunteers who lead a weekly Bible Study, preparation for the sacraments of initiation, and a week-long VBS. At the end of the summer, the faithful from this community and their volunteer leaders make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe located at the Servants of Mary Center for Peace in Windsor, Ashtabula County.

All of these services and opportunities for growth would not be possible without the generous gifts of time and talent from our volunteers, in addition to resources provided for meals and supplies, most especially from the people of the parish and the Knights of Columbus at Holy Spirit Parish.

For more information, or to get involved in the program, please contact Father Brian Smith at bsmith@youngstowndiocese.org.



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