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~f ~f )e Missionary Carmelites of St. Teresa diocese to minister to the Hispan- ics. Many other orders are repre- sented as well and more will continue to arrive. ate lre" -lis" hey .saS. l oliC face a great challenge to devel- op youth ministry and religious education among them. Father Friend, as spiritual direc- tor of the Spanish Cursillo move- ent in the diocese for the past four Marriage Encounters, with help from the diocesan Family Life Office and my secretary, Maria Estaun, and with the devoted work of several Hispanic married couples and the spiritual direction years, has assisted more thanof Father Vincent Flusche. These 200 Hispanics to make Cursillos. A movements have begun to enliv- SiSter from the De Queen parish en and deepen Catholic spiritual has helped with the women's life among our Hispanic people. (tlrsillos. With Father Friend's help All the above efforts are far Other sister has developed the from sufficient, unfortunately, to ' '0uth Development Encounters. attend to the pastoral needs of the The Spanish Marriage En- thousands of Hispanics in counter movement has now heldArkansas. It is clear from Mass October 24 1998 attendance that, although some churches are crowded (1,200 each weekend at Spanish Masses in Rogers, 800 in Springdale) we are still reaching only a small portion of the many thousands of Hispanics in Arkansas, who are almost all baptized Catholics. Many are unaware that the Catholic Church exists here. Some are invited by non-Catholic churches and find there a warm reception. Many of our immi- grants have come from rural Mexico, where priests are few and Catholic instruction is often insuf- ficient or nonexistent. They need special pastoral attention. To reach the thousands of Hispanics whom we cannot reach otherwise, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, Sister Barbara Philippart, has now begun a new radio ministry in Spanish in the diocese. The effort is only nine months old, but the diocese now has weekly programs in Spanish on eight stations. We hope to keep on expanding this ministry. At present, the directors of the diocesan offices of the diaconate and of lay ministries, Deacons 83