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contributed to build this nation where we live today.
Latinos are now the largest minority group in the country in addition to the fastest growing segment of the Catholic Church. In Colorado is estimated that there are about 1 million Hispanics contributing to the economy and vitality of the State.
Responding to the influx of Hispanic immigrants in Denver, representatives from the Hispanic Office of the Archdiocese of Denver met, in early 2002, with parish and community leaders to discuss the pastoral and social needs in the Hispanic community. The needs identified were multiple including spiritual and educational.
As a result, former Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput, now archbishop of Philadelphia, created Centro San Juan Diego, the Hispanic Institute for Family and Pastoral Care, in late 2002. The facility was named after Saint Juan Diego, an Aztec who had a vision of the Virgin Mary on a hillside in Tepeyac northwest of Mexico City in 1531. That appearance later gave rise to the name “Our Lady of Guadalupe.”
Former Auxiliary Bishop José H. Gomez, now archbishop of Los Angeles, was one of the guiding forces behind the establishment of the center. He played a critical role in convening community leaders to guide and provide stewardship over the new Hispanic ministry.
Centro is located in the former Sacred Heart Catholic School building in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods in a building that dates back to 1890. Shuttered and abandoned since 1979, the historic, two-story building was devoid of life and vibrancy within its walls, but through the hard work, determination and support from many of the faithful within the Archdiocese of Denver, renovations to the building eventually began and Centro opened its door officially in July of 2003.
Since opening its doors thousands of families and individuals have had benefit from Centro San Juan Diego services. Centro San Juan Diego reach thousands of individuals and families, promoting and educating them in the most important aspect of our ministry –knowing, serving and loving God.
Centro provides all the necessary tools to Hispanic immigrants to integrate into the American society throughout empowerment, education and leadership, but also educate those who are not Hispanic about the richness of the Hispanic culture and its influence and impact in the United States.
We are “The Faces of Centro San Juan Diego” and while we come from all backgrounds and walks of life,
today we gather as one family under God related to one another in Christian love.
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