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RENEW International’s Sr. Veronica Mendez to Participate in Latinos and the Future of Catholicism Panel


Veronica Mendez, a Sister of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine, has been asked to be among a select panel of speakers speaking on the subject Latinos and the Future of Catholicism. Sister Mendez was chosen because of her work ministering with Hispanics for over forty years. The panel will address the changing dynamics of the Catholic faith in the Latino community.

Sister Mendez works as a Pastoral Service team member for RENEW International, presenting on topics of adult faith formation and outreach to Spanish and English-speaking groups in parishes around the United States. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Puerto Rican barrio of Spanish Harlem, NYC, Sister Mendez earned a Masters in Theological Studies in Hispanic Ministry from The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in California and has been ministering with Hispanics for over forty years.

Rafael Pi Roman, the host and senior editor of WNET/Thirteen’s Emmy award-winning program “New York Voices,” will lead the panel in a discussion of the history and future of Latinos in Catholic New York. In addition to Sister Mendez, Mr. Pi Roman will be joined by Reverend Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, former President of the Pontifical University of Puerto Rico; Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College; Barbara Gonzalez, Chair, Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia; and David Gonzalez, columnist, The New York Times.

This discussion is presented in conjunction with Catholics in New York, 1808-1946, a special exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, exploring the history of the largest religious group in New York, from the founding of New York’s diocese in 1808 to the implementation of the G.I. Bill, which ultimately paved the way to the suburbs for many of New York’s Catholics.

Catholics in New York, 1808-1946, is presented on the occasion of the bicentennial of the formation of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, which features photographs, paintings, schoolbooks, family heirlooms, political memorabilia, and oral histories.
Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street. Registration is required in advance: $9 general admission; $5 Museum members, seniors, & students. For reservations, call (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395, or visit

About RENEW International
RENEW International is a not-for-profit Catholic ministry organization based in Plainfield, NJ. RENEW International fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action.

RENEW International has a 30-year record in revitalizing parish life in over 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its renewal processes. RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages. Its website can be found at


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