Group brings together women from such countries as Mexico, Spain and Central America
October 1, 2018
The history of organizing Latino Hispanic Presbyterian Women dates to the 1930s, when small groups of women gathered in their churches to discuss women’s issues and help with the work of the church. Over the years, this work broadened, and the groups joined other groups of women in presbyteries and started to work with groups of women at the synod level.
The beginning of the 1990s were decisive for the beginning of the organization of Hispanic women. Two Regional Encounters were held — in the Eastern and Southwestern areas of the United States — and culminated in 1995 with a national assembly, where the organization officially took the name of “Latino Hispanic Presbyterian Women” (“Mujeres Hispanas Latinas Presbiterianas”).
This group is composed of women from different cultural backgrounds and diverse traditions. Some women have emigrated from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Others come from Spain and some live in Puerto Rico. However, there is a link that unites us in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, since both have a common root in Latin. We are also united in singing and praying for the love of our God, our church and our Latino Hispanic people.
Stephanie Vasquez, Associate for Translations/Spanish, Presbyterian Mission Agency, Office of the General Assembly
Today’s Focus: Latino Hispanic Presbyterian Women (Mujeres Hispanas Latinas Presbiterianas)
Let us join in prayer for:
Latino Hispanic Presbyterian Women
Ruth Roman-Meza, Moderator
Iris González Cabán, Vice Moderator
Keren Díaz-Orozco, Secretary
Nydia Murphy Leger, Treasurer
Rev. Danilie C. Hilerio-Villanueva, Spiritual Coordinator
Elizabeth Torres-Rodríguez, Hispanic Representative to the Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Coordinating Team
Rev. Margarita Reyes, Search Committee Moderator
Rev. Magdalena García, Advisor
Yolanda S. Hernández, Advisor Emeritus
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray:
Loving, God, we are thankful for the work of our sisters.
May they speak words of wisdom.
May they act with courage.
May the strive for your purpose.
Rev. Danilie C. Hilerio-Villanueva