Current thought leaders in Hispanic Ministry

F. Javier Orozco

Expertise: Catholic theology, intercultural ministry, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, Hispanic ministry and theology, intercultural competence, and Catholic social teaching.
Phone: 314-608-5546
Professional Title: Executive Director of Human Dignity and Intercultural Affairs
Professional Experience: Over twenty years of professional experience in religious, educational and community affairs. Skilled in Catholic theology and ministry, ecumenical and Interreligious leadership, intercultural competence, public speaking, teaching, writing and research. 
Language Proficiency: English and Spanish
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Lia Salinas

Expertise: Pastoral, catechesis, RCIA, multi-cultural ministries, small faith communities (CEBs), etc.
Phone: 703-622-6675
Professional Title: Director of Hispanic Ministry
Professional Experience:
Lia has worked in Catholic ministry for over twenty years, serving in the Archdioceses of Miami, Washington, Baltimore, and Arlington. Her specialization is in catechetical, pastoral, multi-cultural ministries, Rite of Christian Initiation, among others. She currently serves as chair of the Episcopal Regional IV for the process of the National V Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry and as a consultant/speaker for Liturgy Training Publications and RCL Benziger.
Her leadership and service to the community has been recognized by Catholic Relief Services with the “2019 Hispanic Heritage Partner Award”. Lia earned her bachelor’s degree in theology and her master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. She holds a certification from Franciscan University in Steubenville as Director of Religious Education and is currently undertaking a digital evangelization certification offered by the Juan Pablo II University of Costa Rica.
Language Proficiency: English and Spanish
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Alba M. Orozco

Expertise: Community outreach, organization, adult faith and leadership formation, and business/finance.
Phone: 904-353-3243
Professional Title: Multicultural Ministry Coordinator
Professional Experience: Alba has worked in Hispanic Ministry for over twenty-five years. She currently serves the Multicultural Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of St. Augustine. Her area of expertise includes community outreach, organization and adult faith formation. Among salient workshop are leadership formation, Hispanic ministry, intercultural ecclesial integration, and social justice work, especially with rural and immigrant ministry. Alba’s professional training and experience has also been in the area of accounting and finance. She holds a BA from the National University of Nicaragua in business administration and has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Language Proficiency: English and Spanish

Javier Cervantes

Expertise: Hispanic Ministry, Catechesis, Marriage Preparation, Biblical Theology, Public Speaking.
Phone: 719-866-6520
Professional Title: Diocesan Director for Hispanic Ministry
Professional Experience:
Javier has worked for more than 25 years in different ministries within the Catholic Church at parish and diocesan level, in the United States and Mexico. He has been a keynote & guest speaker on different topics in retreats and conferences, with special emphasis on topics for family and married couples. Currently he serves as the Diocesan Director for Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Javier was elected to secretary of the Executive Committee of NCADDHM and serves as the representative of Region XIII. He is the Diocesan leader for the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Language Proficiency: Spanish and English