On Nov. 6, Jesuit Connection hosted Pizza and a Pint and Ignatian Conversations at Loyola House, in Boston, Mass. Sponsored by the New England Province, Jesuit Connection organizes social, service and spiritual events for young professionals who have graduated from Jesuit schools or have had other experiences with Jesuit teachings and values. Dr. Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College, spoke on the changing face of the church in the United States.
During his talk, Ospino shared findings from his recent research endeavor, National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. Ospino highlighted the transformation of the Catholic population in the past 30-40 years and stressed the need for clergy and lay men and women with bilingual competencies. He also recounted stories from leaders in Spanish-speaking parishes that have struggled to meet the needs of the growing number of Hispanic families, from religious education resources to parking spots.
A native of Columbia, Ospino taught religion and philosophy and worked for the National Confederation of Catholic Education of Columbia before coming to the United States. He received his masters in theology and a Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. He and his wife, Guadalupe, are active in their parish in Lawrence, Mass.
The Jesuit Connection hosts Pizza and a Pint and Ignatian Conversation events several times a year. Past speakers include Fr. Mario Powell, SJ, a recently ordained priest of the New England Province; Susan Crawford Sullivan, associate professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross; and Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, editor-in-chief at America Magazine. Learn more about the program and view the calendar of upcoming events by clicking here.