Hispanic Ministry

Staff Contacts

Lynette Saenz
Diocesan Coordinator
Office of Cultural Ministries
585-328-3228 ext. 1318

Bernard Grizard
Diocesan Director
Department of Pastoral Services
Bernard.Grizard@dor.org
585-328-3228 ext. 1328

Our Mission

We, the Hispanic community of the Diocese of Rochester, commit ourselves to:

  • proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God;
  • celebrate the Eucharist which call us together in community, nurtures our faith, and sends us in mission;
  • actively participate in civic and ecclesial life by sharing our traditions, gifts, and values.

Core Values

Community – We form communities that live in fraternity and foster the dignity of the family and a passion for life.

Tradition – We live a deep experience of faith and an authentic spirituality, inspired by the witness of our Catholic Hispanic culture.

Service – In the spirit of mission, we seek to reach out to those who are alienated, poor and marginalized.

Unity in Diversity – We value the great and rich diversity of our local church, working together in shaping an inclusive Church.

Eucharist – The Eucharist nurtures us and strengthens our vocation to be leaven of the Kingdom of God.

Migrant Ministry

Catholic Migrant Ministry is rooted in the church’s teaching that we all are sisters and brothers. It seeks to build up migrant workers as people of faith. It also fosters a mutual sharing of gifts, both material and spiritual, between all migrant workers and the other faith communities of the Diocese of Rochester.

Through our Migrant Ministry efforts, we embrace the growing number of migrants, actively reach out to identify their needs, provide support for their faith formation, promote community, solidarity and justice, and offer support in crisis situations.

Quick Facts

  • Twenty thousand migrant workers labor in our fields, dairy farms, factories, greenhouses, and restaurants.
  • Migrant workers have been coming in to our diocese from Mexico, Central and South America in increasing numbers.
  • The majority of migrant workers are Catholic.
  • The diocese has initiated mission sites in Sodus, Geneva, Brockport and Mt. Morris to support migrant workers.
  • Full and part-time ministers are serving the camps throughout our 12 counties.

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