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September 26, 2002


Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, has appointed Sister Carmen S. Torres, S.H.C.J. as the new Director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Institute for Evangelization. The Cardinal made the announcement at the annual Puerto Rican Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday, September 26, 2002.

Cardinal Bevilacqua established the Catholic Institute For Evangelization in 1993. Located at 4404 North Fifth Street in the heart of the Hispanic community in North Philadelphia, the Catholic Institute for Evangelization offers evangelization training and adult faith formation and community outreach with a special focus on the Hispanic community. It serves the community with programs that offer participants a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and more effective ways of proclaiming the Gospel. In addition, the Catholic Institute runs an outreach program for young adults in faith and leadership development. There is also a Music Education Program for Children that allows children in the North Philadelphia area to enter the world of music in a positive and wholesome environment.

Sister Carmen Torres taught at Saint Elizabeth School in Philadelphia from 1990 to 1994, earned her Masters of Education Degree in Religious Education from Boston College in 1996 and served as Archdiocese of Philadelphia Director of Religious Education for Hispanics from 1996 to 2001.
Sister Carmen joined the Catholic Institute for Evangelization in 2001 as Assistant Director. The founding Director, Reverend Monsignor Nelson J. Perez, has been serving a dual role since June 2002 when Cardinal Bevilacqua appointed him Pastor of Saint William Parish in Philadelphia. Even though he will no longer serve as Director, Monsignor Perez will continue to have a close relationship with the Catholic Institute for Evangelization. Cardinal Bevilacqua announced that he appointed Monsignor Perez as Chair of a new Advisory Board for the Catholic Institute for Evangelization. Other members are yet to be named.


Editor's Note: For more information about the Catholic Institute for Evangelization, please contact 215-324-8292.

Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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