The Seminarians Summer Assignments
An Update from Seminarian Daniel Colby

Hispanic Ministry Immersion Program

Four seminarians are serving in a Hispanic Ministry immersion program; this is the first time this kind of program has been held in the diocese. All four of us (myself, David England, Joey Rolwing, Sam Severance) have taken Spanish classes before, and are hoping to serve the Hispanic population in the diocese in the future.

We are staying through June and July at the St. Therese Retreat Center on E. Broad. In the mornings we have Mass and prayers in Spanish, and during the week Sra. Betty Protz, the Spanish teacher from St. Paul’s in Westerville, comes to work with us on our language skills.

In the afternoons we have a variety of ministry activities. We go out with the Missionary Servants of the Word (MSP) from Christ the King parish to pray outside the abortion clinic, then go to nearby latino neighborhoods to evangelize in Spanish. Twice a week we volunteer at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, helping with their ministry to the Hispanic community. 

On Wednesdays we host Hispanic parishioners for dinner and a movie about Hispanic culture, such as For Greater Glory or Romero. On Thursdays we visit a Hispanic family for dinner to meet their family and practice our conversational skills. Every Friday, the seminarians run a summer youth program for about twenty hispanic youth from local parishes, where we have games, music, and spiritual talks.

The weekends are the most diverse and interesting. Many weekends this summer we will travel to different dioceses to meet with their Hispanic ministry teams and visit the communities in their area. We have trips to Detroit, Lansing, Toledo, and Chicago. Other weekends, we serve Mass and assist in ministry activities at local parishes with Hispanic communities, such as Christ the King, St. Stephen, St. Cecilia, St Mary’s in Marion, St. Mary’s in Delaware, and St. James the Less.

We’ve learned a ton of Spanish so far in these past two weeks through the Hispanic Ministry Immersion. We are making a commitment to speak in Spanish to each other even when we’re just on our own, to help us continue learning the language. I’m growing to love the Hispanic community in our diocese. They are such good, humble, hospitable people!

As the Diocese of Columbus reorients itself towards evangelization, the Diocese is beginning to invest more time and resources into a diocesan-wide social media presence.  As this is now beginning to grow, the Vocations Office will no longer need to carry the message in social media as the Vocations Office.  The new Social Media Department of the Diocese will have the mission of spreading the Gospel through social media and will be the avenue by which the Vocations Office works to promote a culture of vocations.  As the Vocations Office we will still continue our information website, www.seekholiness.com.  This site will be going through an exciting transformation over the next several months as the Diocese moves to a new platform.  We will also begin running our vocations-oriented messages, event announcements, and news through the diocesan social media platform.  Because of this, Face Forward’s time will be coming to a close at the end of this month.  We thank all of those who have been a part of this important work in the life of the local Church. We look forward with excitement to the spread of the Gospel and the cultivation of a culture of vocations as we enter this new phase in the life of the Diocese of Columbus.  Please continue to follow along with us through our seekholiness.com site and through the Diocese of Columbus Social Media platform.


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Fr. William Hahn