National data shows Latinos are the fastest-growing segment of the Catholic Church in the United States. According to the National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families, 60% of Catholics under the age of 18 are Hispanics. Catholic schools serve nearly 3% of the Hispanic school age children.
The Catholic Schools Office recognizes our responsibility as Catholic educators and the great opportunities these children bring to our Church and our schools. As we continue to plan for the best ways to support our schools achieving the goal of educating Hispanic children, we are gathering information, resources and best practices that we can apply in our schools. For this reason, Sr. Bárbara attended the latest cohort of the Latino Enrollment Institute.
The Latino Enrollment Institute is a four-day summer program that takes place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and includes lectures and presentations from school leaders with demonstrated success in developing innovative Latino outreach programs. Some of the key areas of focus are:
Since 2012, 163 Catholic schools from 72 (arch)dioceses have participated in the LEI, with some schools experiencing upward of a 100-percent increase in Latino enrollment in just a short time.
Look for new resources coming soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to learn about attending next year’s institute, contact Sr. Bárbara at (617) 779-3608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.