Who Are We?
Jornaleros Ministry is an Apostolate of social entrepreneurship that promotes living Catholic Social Doctrine through acts of charity performed by young adults. This Apostolate aims for young adults to become protagonists in the Church and society! Living out with courage and enthusiasm their call to be Missionary Disciples.
Our mission statement is: "A Lifetime of Justice Starts with an Act of Charity".
National and International Pastoral Juvenil Leaders are invited to participate in each of the four projects the Apostolate offers:
Resources ¡Órale! - Weekly Theological Reflection to discover God's voice through music. You can meditate personally or in a group (free resource).
Alternative Spring Break Week - During spring break, college-aged young adults are invited to carry out projects that help pre screened low-income, fixed budget people by providing minor repairs to their homes and beautifying projects. In the evenings, they participate in a theological reflection on our call to be Missionary Disciples and how to live our Catholic Social Doctrine (registration needed).
Missionary Disciples from Home - This project brings together young people from many different places virtually for three days. During this time, they focus on doing charity work from their homes; and, in the evenings, they meet virtually with other young adults to learn about Catholic Social Doctrine growing in their personal calling of being Missionary Disciples (registration needed).
Missionaries in Action - It is for young adults who wish to volunteer a school year and serve in a parish carrying out ministry with Young Adults. They will receive training, formation, and ongoing mentoring . This project seeks to help parishes that cannot hire staff. It implies a school year of commitment and being open to continuous training (previous interview needed).
President and Founder
Currently, I'm the coordinator of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana for the Diocese of Sacramento, CA. I have been serving our young people several times as a parish director, diocesan coordinator, and a nacional leader for the past twentyseven years.
I have also participated of the Congar Institute as a speaker on subjects related to Youth Ministry and Pastoral Juvenil e Hispana. During this year of pandemic, I have been training parish leaders on the great opportunity of adapting our ministries to serve in the digital continent after developing several programs for the ministry.
Why the Word "Jornaleros"?
In Spanish, a person who gets paid on a daily basis at the end of the day for their work is called a Jornalero. It is usually used to describe the work that is done by field workers or those that work in the construction field.
Jornaleros Ministry invite all Young Adults to embrace a Spirituality of Jornalero, each day we are invited to respond to our call to be Missionary Disciples. Every day we must do our part to build the Kingdom of God through acts of charity. We take our Lord Jesus Christ as our example, Mary as our protector, and our patron saints as our friends along the way.
Let us go out into the world and make God's love known to all those we meet. Living the Eucharist, Reflecting on the Word of God, praying for the Holy Father and his intentions and asking for our ecclesial and civil leaders we can be agents of change in our communities every day.