Eighteen graduate from Discípulos de Cristo lay ministry

By The Compass | April 30, 2015

GREEN BAY — A graduation Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Sunday, May 3, 4 p.m., at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 2270 S. Oneida St., to honor 18 graduates of the Discípulos de Cristo Program. Bishop David Ricken preside at the Mass.

Discípulos de Cristo, a lay formation program for the Hispanic community, will hold a graduation Mass of Thanksgiving on May 3. This year 18 men and women from around the diocese are graduating. (Submitted Photo | For The Compass)
Discípulos de Cristo, a lay formation program for the Hispanic community, will hold a graduation Mass of Thanksgiving on May 3. This year 18 men and women from around the diocese are graduating. (Submitted Photo | For The Compass)

Discípulos de Cristo, a lay formation program for the Hispanic community, was initiated in 2006 to prepare men and women for service in their local parishes. The nine courses of study focus on spirituality, Scripture, theology and pastoral ministry.

Most participants are volunteers in various ministries within their parishes. The educational component of the Discípulos de Cristo Program provides the participants with a foundation for leadership roles. The spiritual component consists of biannual days of reflection, spiritual guidance and the encouragement of their pastoral staff and parish community.

Eleven of the graduates offered reflections about the Discípulos program.

Virginia Guajardo

“Discípulos de Cristo me ayudo a encontrarme a mi misma y a unir a mi familia.”

“Through the Discípulos de Cristo program I was able to find myself and unite my family.”

Julio Zúñiga y Juanita Fiscal

“En Discípulos de Cristo encontramos las herramientas para salvar nuestro matrimonio.”

“In Discípulos de Cristo we found the tools to save our marriage.”

Flaviano Pérez

Soy miembro de la parroquia de Saint Thomas The Apostle en Newton. Gracias a todo lo que aprendí en Discípulos de Cristo estoy feliz sirviendo a la comunidad Hispana en la Parroquia de San Francisco de Assisi en Manitowoc. A pesar de la distancia para asistir a clases, manejar 45 minutos cada domingo, no fue un obstáculo para continuar y llegar hasta mi meta de graduarme.

I am a member of St. Thomas the Apostle in Newton. Thanks to all that I learned in Discípulos de Cristo, I am happy serving the Hispanic community at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Manitowoc. Even though I had to drive 45 minutes every Sunday, this was not an obstacle to continue and reach my goal to graduate from the program.

Cruz Nájera

Mi experiencia en Discípulos de Cristo fue encontrar lo que yo siempre había buscado. Hoy platico con mi Padre y con nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Discípulos de Cristo abrió la puerta que mantenía cerrada, aprendí de la Santísima Trinidad y ahora hablo con orgullo de mi Salvador. Gloria a Dios.

With Discípulos de Cristo, I found what I was always looking for. Today I talk to my Father and with our Lord Jesus Christ. Discípulos de Cristo opened the door that I had closed, I learned about the Holy Trinity and now I speak with pride about my Savior. Glory be to God.

Nicolás Luna Villegas

A través de mis estudios en Discípulos de Cristo, he logrado llevar una vida más placentera con mi familia, al igual que con mi comunidad, todos lo podemos lograr. Aprovecha estas oportunidades que nuestra Diócesis tiene para cada uno de nosotros. ¡Anímate te esperamos!

Through my studies in Discípulos de Cristo, I have achieved a more fulfilling life with my family and my community, we can all achieve this. Don´t miss the opportunities that our diocese has for all of us. Come and join Discípulos. We are waiting for you.

Sandra Contreras

Para mí en lo personal Discípulos de Cristo es el camino que me ha guiado al conocimiento y crecimiento de mi fe como católica que soy. Como bautizados en Cristo recibimos el poder del Espíritu Santo, para ser testigos de una vida recta de devoción a Dios, de Fe, de amor, paciencia y humildad de corazón. Mi camino apenas inicia, quiero seguir preparándome.

For me, personally, Discípulos de Cristo is the way that has guided me to the knowledge and growth of my faith as the Catholic that I am. As baptized in Christ we received the power of the Holy Spirit, to be witness of a righteous life of devotion to God, faith, love, patience and humbleness in our heart. My journey is just starting. I want to continue preparing myself.

Samuel Arjón

Mi experiencia en Discípulos de Cristo fue algo inolvidable pues aprendí a ser una persona más auténtica, sincera y capaz de dar lo mejor de mí, ser un buen padre y esposo. ¡A tener mi fe bien firme!

My experience with Discípulos de Cristo was unforgettable, I learned to be a more sincere and authentic person, capable to give the best of me, to be a good father and husband and to be firm in my faith!

Virginia Martínez

Discípulos de Cristo fue una gran experiencia. En estos tres años aprendí a tener confianza en mí misma, a desarrollarme más, ahora puedo decir que estoy preparada para dar algún tema o presentación sin miedo. Cambió mi vida y gané también buenos amigos gracias a Cristo.

Discípulos de Cristo was a great experience. During these three years I learned to be more confident, to develop skills, now I can say that I am prepared to give a presentation or talk about a specific topic and not be afraid. It changed my life and I also gained new friends thanks to Jesus Christ.

María Tinoco

Discípulos de Cristo me ha ayudado mucho. Mi vida ha cambiado de varias maneras. Interiormente me siento feliz y siento una paz espiritual. Te invito para que participes, no te vas a arrepentir, tu vida cambiará.

Discipulos de Cristo has helped me a lot. My life has changed in many ways. Internally I feel happy and I feel a spiritual peace. I invite you to participate. You will not regret it. Your life will change forever.

Elizabeth Rivera

Discipulos de Cristo me fortaleció, ahora me siento más segura de mi misma y puedo enfrentar cualquier obstáculo en mi vida. Soy mejor líder, persona, madre, esposa, amiga y compañera. Ahora estoy más preparada, para ir a donde Dios me mande.

I found strength in Discípulos de Cristo, now I feel more confident and I can face any obstacle in my life. I am a better leader, mother, wife, friend and companion. Now I am more prepared to go where God sends me.

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