Introduction Spanish
Memoria Histórica, Introducción

Es de suma importancia el conocer la Memoria Histórica del pueblo hispano/latino en los Estados Unidos. Los esfuerzos y aportaciones realizadas a lo largo de la jornada dejan ver la imagen de un pueblo que a pesar de las adversidades continua en marcha.
Esta iniciativa tiene como objetivo el honrar a todas aquellas personas que han contribuido a lo largo del camino y al mismo tiempo dar a conocer a las nuevas generaciones cómo es que hemos llegado hasta donde nos encontramos.

Introduction English
Memoria Histórica, Introduction

It is extremely important to know the Memoria Histórica of the Hispanic/Latino people in the United States. The efforts and contributions made throughout the journey reveal the image of a people that, despite adversities, continues its way.

This initiative aims to honor all those people who have contributed along the way and at the same time let the new generations know how we have gotten to where we are today.

First Point

The leadership of 15 national and regional Hispanic Catholic organizations met at the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) in San Antonio, TX on September 11th – 12th, 2011. The purpose was to identify emerging leadership as well as strengthening collaboration and reinforcing existing structures that have been particularly helpful to the growth and development of the Hispanic Ministry in the country. The participants shared successes and struggles and were invited to discern steps within their own organization to measure up to the new challenges and realities.

Second Point

The idea of creating NCADDHM emerged at a meeting of diocesan directors held in New York City in June 1991. Among the participants at that meeting were Mario Paredes and Fr. Juan Díaz- Vilar (from the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center); Ron Cruz, Pablo Cedillo and Alejandro Aguilera-Titus (all three from the Conference of Bishops); Fr. Mario Vizcaíno (the Southeast Pastoral Institute); Rudy Vargas and Msgr. Aniceto Villamides of the (Northeast Conference of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry); Sr. Dolorita Martínez (from the central states); Olga Villaparra (from the Midwest); Ricardo Chávez (of California); Fr. John Brogan (Brooklyn); Fr. Phil Ciopa (Albany); and Fr. Neil Graham (New York).

Second Point_2

The meeting was convened by the Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs of the Conference of Bishops, together with the Regional Directors of Hispanic Ministry. Key people (who had the idea of creating NCADDHM) were Mario Paredes, Paul Cedillo and Fr. Mario Vizcaíno.
At that first meeting in New York it was decided that each region should select representatives to meet at the national level in order to form the Association. The regional directors chose the Midwest Regional Office to be in charge of calling together what would be the organizing committee, with representatives from all regions.

Third Point

NCADDHM Conference 2001
Prophets and Visionaries in the Church in America
The goals of the 10th Anniversary Conference have been constructed to empower and challenge the Diocesan Director to:

• Deepen our understanding of Ecclesia in America’s call to unity,
• Continue to articulate a vision of Church that responds to a diversity of cultures,
• Learn new skills to further the vision of Encuentro 2000 at the local level.

Fourth Point

The steering committee accomplished having the first conference of the National Association in February, 1993, in Houston, Texas, where the Bylaws were again reviewed and new representatives from each region were elected.

In August, 1993 in Omaha, Nebraska, the Bylaws were approved and the group was officially declared a Non-Profit Organization.

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