Hispanic faithful were ‘on mission’ at diocesan conference


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SAN DIEGO — Around 700 faithful turned out Aug. 19 for the diocesan conference for Hispanic faithful, “Profetas en Misión,” at Good Shepherd School. The goal of the day-long event was to promote the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Conference-goers came from across San Diego and Imperial counties and included families, parish groups and “movimientos,” or ecclesial groups. In the school’s gym, they listened to the popular featured speaker, Father José Ramón Flecha, who traveled from León, Spain. And they enjoyed a concert by Mario Alberto Pérez, a Los Angeles-based Catholic speaker and singer-songwriter (pictured above), who frequently had them on their feet.

Father Bernardo Lara, from the Catholic Communities of Brawley & Westmorland, emceed the Spanish-language event.

The day opened with praise-and-worship, included a Holy Hour, and closed with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano. In between sessions, conference-goers stopped at tables for exhibitors and sponsors.

The Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry organized the conference, in collaboration with the diocesan Hispanic Commission. The commission is made up of representatives of parishes with Latino communities.

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