Hispanic Catholics are the future, but priest numbers dismal

Hispanic Catholics are the future, but priest numbers dismal

Sister Maris Stella Vaugham teaches a religion class at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix on Feb. 26. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community.
Volunteer Susan Gallegos talks to newly arrived asylum seekers from Central America at Casa Alitas, a Catholic-run shelter in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 21. In numerous cities along the border with Mexico, Catholic-run agencies are outspoken advocates for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to reach the U.S.
A map of the United States is hung on a window with a sign reading, “Where are you going?” at Casa Alitas, a Catholic-run shelter for migrant families who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty in Tucson, Ariz. In numerous cities along the border with Mexico, Catholic-run agencies are outspoken advocates for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to reach the U.S.
Volunteers give flu shots to newly arrived asylum seekers from Central America at Casa Alitas, a Catholic-run shelter in Tucson, Ariz.. In numerous cities along the border with Mexico, Catholic-run agencies are outspoken advocates for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to reach the U.S.
People visit the main church at the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, Ariz. on Feb. 21. It was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692 when Southern Arizona was part of New Spain.
This March 3 photo shows a mural on the side of a Mexican bakery in downtown Phoenix.
Students study Spanish at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix on Feb. 26. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community.
Books and drawings lie on the desk of an art teacher at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix on Feb. 26. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community.
A man is reflected in a glass case containing a statue of a crucified Jesus Christ at the museum of the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 21. San Xavier was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692 when Southern Arizona was part of New Spain.

Hispanic Catholics are the future, but priest numbers dismal

Sister Maris Stella Vaugham teaches a religion class at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix on Feb. 26. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community.
Volunteer Susan Gallegos talks to newly arrived asylum seekers from Central America at Casa Alitas, a Catholic-run shelter in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 21. In numerous cities along the border with Mexico, Catholic-run agencies are outspoken advocates for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to reach the U.S.
A map of the United States is hung on a window with a sign reading, “Where are you going?” at Casa Alitas, a Catholic-run shelter for migrant families who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty in Tucson, Ariz. In numerous cities along the border with Mexico, Catholic-run agencies are outspoken advocates for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to reach the U.S.
Volunteers give flu shots to newly arrived asylum seekers from Central America at Casa Alitas, a Catholic-run shelter in Tucson, Ariz.. In numerous cities along the border with Mexico, Catholic-run agencies are outspoken advocates for migrants and asylum seekers hoping to reach the U.S.
People visit the main church at the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, Ariz. on Feb. 21. It was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692 when Southern Arizona was part of New Spain.
This March 3 photo shows a mural on the side of a Mexican bakery in downtown Phoenix.
Students study Spanish at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix on Feb. 26. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community.
Books and drawings lie on the desk of an art teacher at the St. John Paul II Catholic School in Phoenix on Feb. 26. In the western suburbs of Phoenix, enrollment is surging at this new Catholic high school built to serve a fast-growing, heavily Hispanic community.
A man is reflected in a glass case containing a statue of a crucified Jesus Christ at the museum of the Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 21. San Xavier was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692 when Southern Arizona was part of New Spain.