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Hispanic Ministry director Javier Cervantes recognized by national association

10/15/2021 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. The National Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM) named Javier Cervantes as the recipient of its 2021 “Exemplary Award for Hispanic Ministry.” The award is co-sponsored by Loyola Press and is designed to honor someone who reflects the best practices, servant leadership and communion in mission for which the association strives, said NCADDHM president Javier Orozco. Nominees are chosen by peers working in the field of Hispanic ministry.

“I consider this not just a job but a ministry,” said Cervantes. “I receive this award with great humility but with a very grateful heart.”

Cervantes has served as Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2012. With the help of his wife, Leticia, he has expanded the scope of the ministry by increasing the involvement of Hispanics in pro-life actvities, organizing the annual Hispanic Heritage Mass and other events, and serving as the regional representative for Encuentro, a gathering of thousands of Hispanic Church leaders that takes place periodically. The most recent gathering, known as V Encuentro, took place in Grapevine, Texas in 2018.

Cervantes recently earned a diploma in Biblical theology from the University of Navarre in Spain and has introduced a Spanish-language Bible study at several parishes in the diocese.

He has also been leading a group of Hispanic participants in the 40 Days for Life fall campaign.

In presenting the award to Cervantes on Oct. 8, Bishop James Golka described him as a modern-day version of Juan Diego, the saint to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico, because of his attentiveness to God’s word and presence. 

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