Goal and Objectives


GOAL 1: In the spirit of “Pastoral de Conjunto,” the NCADDHM Board of Directors will work in communion with the membership of the organization, the Bishops of the U.S., the Episcopal Regions and other national organizations.

The Board of Directors will:

1.1  Maintain the relationship with the National Catholic Conference of Bishops through the Office of Cultural Diversity in the Church by assuring the Committee Hispanic Affairs a seat on the NCADDHM Board, as an ex-officio member, continuing open communication between the Board and the appointed Hispanic representative to the Bishop Committee on Hispanic Affairs, and maintaining a relationship with the appointed Episcopal liaison to NCADDHM.
1.2  Identify key national organizations with which we will collaborate with by maintaining a membership with the association, attending appropriate conferences/meetings and preserve a mutual direct line of communication in order to share with each other appropriate information.  Three categories of participation are encouraged:

  • Full membership and mutual sharing of information with permanent representation, i.e.  NCCHM and Humberto Ramos and LA RED  and Fr. Hector Madrigal
  • Full membership with mutual sharing of information without permanent representation
  • Mutual Sharing of information without permanent representation and membership when it is required or appropriate i.e. ANSH
 1.3  Strengthen the Episcopal Regions by assisting the Regional Coordinators with professional advice, pastoral experience and personal presence as requested by the Coordinators and actively engage the diocesan leadership of the Episcopal Regions that are not active in NCADDHM, not organized or are lacking a Regional representative.

1.4  Recuperate and maintain the memoria histórica for the organization by forming a committee to accomplish this task and explore a means and place to permanently maintain all NCADDHM records.

1.5  Update and expand the website that will include more up to date information with the links to the appropriate organizations and especially the ongoing activities of the Office of Cultural Diversity in the Church Hispanic Affair Committee and the Episcopal Regions.

1.6  Explore new means of communication using social media and technology to improve communication with our individual members as well as collaboration with other organizations and Dioceses.

1.7  Improve communication with the membership by strengthening the use of the newsletter, website, and e-mail announcements.

GOAL 2: Committed to the ongoing formation of its members, the NCADDHM Board will support, provide resources, and assist in the ongoing professional development of the members.

The Board will:

2.1 Collaborate with the networks set up by the USCCB to support all ministers.  For this reason we will motivate the directors who are not participating in their region to participate by keeping them informed of the activities at the regional and national level through our website, newsletters, and any other means available to us.

2.2 Create permanent commissions and provisional committees.  After having listened to the membership at the NCADDHM Conference in August 2009, who expressed their desire to participate more fully in the activities of the Association, we will solicit participation from the general membership to become members of these commissions and committees.

2.3  Establish a comprehensive orientation for new diocesan directors for Hispanic Ministry that will be provided at least biennially or as needed.

2.4  Study the effectiveness of a biennial or an annual conference and make a recommendation to the membership.

2.5  Consider ways in which part of the conference or other activities can be open to other Hispanic ministers as well as the regional Hispanic community.

2.6  Create a Formation Commission to plan and provide on-going professional and spiritual development and enrichment for the membership.

2.7  Create a speaker’s bureau that can assist us both in providing our best gifts and talents within the association recognizing that we can benefit from the gifts and talents of others.

GOAL 2:  The duties of the Board of Directors shall be to set policy, direction and plans for the Association.  The Board is committed to operating with prayerful discernment and in service of the Association while bringing to the table our gifts and talents as well as our limitations.

The Board will:

3.1  Commit ourselves to a discernment style of leadership and call all our membership to support and use this same approach to our ministry together.

3.2  Begin a process to review the name of the Association while exploring its Identity and then to make any necessary recommendations to the membership.

3.3  Create a financial plan that will allow the Association to carry out its work and ministry more effectively at the national level. Financial security will allow the Association to retain an executive secretary.

3.4  Establish working “partners” that will financially support the mission and work of NCADDHM.

The National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM)  is an organization recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.