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June 1, 2004

10th Anniversary Celebration of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization
Serving the Philadelphia Hispanic Catholic Community

The Catholic Institute for Evangelization, established in 1993 to provide religious formation, spiritual growth and human development among the Hispanic people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on

June 5, 2004
11:00 a.m. Mass
Saint William Church
6200 Rising Sun Avenue

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia,
will be celebrant and Reverend Monsignor Nelson Perez, pastor of Saint William Church and founding director of the Institute, will be the homilist. Also attending the celebration will be Reverend Monsignor Francis Beach, Vicar for Philadelphia-North Vicariate, and several priests who serve the Hispanic Community. The "Voices of Hope" choir, teenagers from the Institute's Music Education Program, and the Archdiocesan Hispanic Choir will provide the music for the liturgy.

During the Mass, after Communion, thirty-four men and women will be awarded certificates from the Faith Formation Program of the Institute and Monsignor Perez will be presented with a gift in gratitude for his years of service.

A brief history of the Institute:
The Catholic Institute for Evangelization, located at 4404 North Fifth Street, Philadelphia, was established by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, in 1993. The establishment of the Institute was made possible through the efforts of many men and women who realized that religious formation for adults was an imperative need among the Hispanic people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The founding staff included Rev. Msgr. Nelson J. Perez, Director; Caleb Rodríguez, Assistant Director; Isabel Gonzalez, Program Coordinator; and Maria T. Torres, Secretary.

In the beginning, the Institute concentrated its work on eleven Hispanic parishes in the Philadelphia-North Vicariate. It initiated a holistic formation program that involved spiritual growth and human development courses as well as ministerial workshops. Today programs and services have been expanded throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban counties as the Hispanic presence grows more visible and numerous. Yearly, some 1250 individuals of all ages participate in the thirty programs offered at the Institute or at its satellite locations. 415 people have graduated from the Faith Formation Program.

The most recent programs initiated in the year 2000 are: the Young Adult Evangelization Program and the Music Education Program for Children. These new programs are in addition to those of: Christian Formation, Ministerial and Liturgical Formation for the Laity, and Pre-Cana Ministry. With much enthusiasm, the staff at the Institute continues the mission for which it was founded ten years ago, "to form and educate in the faith the Philadelphia Catholic Hispanic community so they can be able to develop their God-given gifts in order to participate in the mission of Jesus: The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God here and now."

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Marie Kelly
Associate Director

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