The Work of CALL
The work of the Catholic Association of Latino leaders is critical to the new evangelization in our country. We are the only Catholic organization of Hispanic leaders in this nation and seek to reclaim our true Catholic heritage by actively engaging in areas that will have long term impact in the future of our community and of the United States.
CALL fosters a deep spiritual life through participating in CALL’s local events, national conference, retreats, Rome Pilgrimages and Vatican Embassy receptions. Love for the Church is fostered through working with its local Bishop in one or two specific projects, partnering with other organizations that can execute in the education, mass media and public policy arenas.
CALL is partnering with organizations dedicated to fostering education.
The strengthening of the catholic education system is a top priority for our organization. To this aim, the national office of CALL has made available to the local chapters four scholarships per year to Latino teachers who desire to study their Masters Degree in education at the Remick Leadership program in Notre Dame. Also, CALL seeks to work with the Catholic Education Foundation of each Diocese to leverage the resources of the local community and make sure local Latino leaders are dedicating resources to the fostering of Catholic Education.
We find ourselves in an era of profound secularism, which has led us to a loss in the capacity to listen and understand the words of the Gospel. Today, no place in the country – or the world for that matter – is beyond reach and unaffected by the media and digital culture, which is now the forum for social interaction. Therefore, CALL is partnering with organizations dedicated to produce and distribute quality content, promoting family values and Church teachings.
CALL is aiming to prepare Latino leaders in presenting the positions of the Catholic Church before secular media so the voice of the formed laity can be heard. Through specific training in voice modulation, speaking to cameras, and most importantly outlining clearly the positions of the Church, CALL members will be speaking out in secular media the positions of our Church and the true Latino heritage of our culture.
Finally, the national office provides support and advice for the acquisition of radio stations so local chapters are able to work on evangelization projects through media. During 2012, the Phoenix chapter, at the request of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, has been extremely helpful in bringing Spanish Catholic radio to the Phoenix market in January 2013. The national office expects to continue to provide support so more chapters can engage in this type of projects.
CALL is working to partner with organizations that will foster young Latinos to hold leadership positions in public office, promoting the true Catholic Latino voice, be it at their district, county or state level.
They will promote, among other topics, the duty to seek peace; the safeguarding of the rights of persons and minorities; and support for the most vulnerable in society.