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2013 Lumen Christi Award Nominees
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Jesus Abrego
Diocese of Beaumont, Texas

Mentoring Leaders By Modeling Faith

In the past two years, the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas, has seen a 55% increase in the number of registered Hispanic Catholics. Jesus Abrego, Director of Hispanic Ministry, has been there to welcome them all with open arms. He encourages new parishioners to enter more deeply into parish life and to embrace leadership roles as well. The Annual Diocesan Hispanic Family Conference he founded has grown so large, five locations are required to accommodate the crowd. His youth/young adult leadership programs have evolved into three rungs, creating a comprehensive “ladder” to leadership. There are literally thousands of graduates from these programs who are now involved in their parishes or actively volunteering on diocesan projects.

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