Dissertation Defense: Sr. Joan Faraone
Final Examination of
Joan Faraone, RJM
for the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy
Friday, April 17, 2009
Committee in Charge
Chair: Mario A. Rojas, Ph.D.
Secretary: Rev. Alexander A. Di Lella, O.F.M., Ph.D.
Director: Berard Marthaler, S.T.D., Ph.D.
Reader: John T. Ford, M.A., S.T.D.
Reader: Lucy M. Cohen, Ph.D.
SUMMARY OF COURSEWORK
EDUC 720 Emerging Leadership Theory
EDUC 729 Administrative Internship
TRS 741B Liturgy and Culture
TRS 743A Liturgical Catechesis
TRS 751B History and Theory of Catechetics I
TRS 751C History and Theory of Catechetics II
TRS 752A Christian Spirituality
TRS 755A Hispanic/Latino Theology
TRS 764B The Church as Communion
TRS 769A Crucifixion of Jesus in Contemporary Theology
TRS 859 Method in Christian Spirituality
TRS 895 Directed Readings
TRS 997 Doctoral Dissertation Guidance
"The Evolution of the Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs of NCCB/USCCB and its Contribution to Catechesis for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States"
The influx of Hispanic/Latino newcomers, Catholic by faith, culture and identification, necessitated creative pastoral response. Over the years, the Church in the United States played an ambiguous role in addressing the ministerial needs of Hispanics/Latinos, until Archbishop Robert Lucey of San Antonio took the lead in institutionalizing a response to their plight, through local, regional and national structures. His plans underwent numerous organic transformations, and in 1974, the Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs was established. But this Secretariat too was destined to be transitory, replaced in January, 2008, by a Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church.
This dissertation utilizes official publications, communications, archival materials, surveys, episcopal statements, interviews, correspondence and the pastoral initiatives of the Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs to chart the Secretariat's contribution to the development and nurturance of Hispanic/Latino spirituality, faith life and catechetical strategies; to determine its sensitivity to, and effectiveness in, promoting an inculturated catechesis; to assess its ability to invite and integrate Hispanics/Latinos into the United States Catholic Church; and to ascertain its support, encouragement and identification of Hispanic/Latino Church leadership.
The research revealed an evolving Hispanic/Latino Catholic community and Secretariat. The data indicated that while the Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs, acting as publisher, clearinghouse, lobbyist, convener and vision-setter, was instrumental in spearheading Hispanic Ministry in the U.S., its catechetical impact was debatable, and at best, a by-product of other priorities and initiatives.