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July 11, 2005

Cardinal Rigali Creates New Position to Minister to Hispanic Catholics in Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Cardinal Justin Rigali recently appointed Msgr. Hugh J. Shields as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's first Vicar for Hispanic Catholics. In his position, Msgr. Shields will represent the Cardinal to the Spanish-speaking community in the Archdiocese, which has grown more than 50 percent in the past decade.

"The Catholic Hispanic community continues to grow in number and diversity within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia , and the Church is enriched by their presence and many gifts," Cardinal Rigali said. "Msgr. Shields will be my direct representative to this vibrant community and will assist me in ministering to the spiritual needs of Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese."

Msgr. Shields, 60, is currently pastor of predominately Hispanic Visitation B.V.M. Parish in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He brings many years of experience working in Hispanic ministry. Born in West Philadelphia and ordained a priest in 1972, he began serving Hispanic Catholics and studying the language in 1981 at Incarnation of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia, then later in South and Central America, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Matthew Gambino
Associate Director

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