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March 17, 2000 Issue
Local News

CSS hires outreach coordinator

We need to enjoy cultural variety

By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor

Sr. Guadalupe Munoz, OLC, new outreach worker for Catholic Social Services of the Green Bay Diocese, draws on past experiences in serving the Hispanic community.

"I know what it feels like not to know the language," she said. "It can be very frightening. Having gone through it helps me relate to people."

In her new position, Sr. Munoz provides translation at the NEW Community Clinic, works with Hispanic children and parents involved in the St. Philip Parish pre-school program in Green Bay, and is available on weekends At St. Willebrord Parish, Green Bay, to Hispanic families who made need counseling or referrals to other agencies.

Sr. Munoz, a native of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, did not learn English until age 18 after moving to El Paso, Tex. to join the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity.

"From El Paso, I went to Rochester, New York, where I took English classes, so that helped," she explained.

Various forms of ministry have taken her to California, Florida and Wisconsin in addition to Texas and New York over the past 25 years. Her present position marks her third trip to Green Bay. She has also worked in religious education in Wisconsin Dells and provided pastoral outreach for migrants working in Central Wisconsin through coordination with St. Joseph Parish, Wautoma.

"I've always gone where I felt I was most needed," said Sr. Munoz. "They were all wonderful experiences."

Barbara Biebel, diocesan director of Refugee, Migration and Hispanic Services, worked with Sr. Munoz in migrant ministry.

"She inspires confidence and trust," said Biebel. "Sister is a person of deep faith and this comes through in all she does. I admire the way she moves among people of varied backgrounds, from many countries and rejoices in the diversity, which enriches our whole society. I am overjoyed that she accepted this mission and returned to the Diocese of Green Bay."

"My goal is to meet people and to help them feel welcome and comfortable," said Sr. Munoz. "I want to find out their needs and develop programs accordingly."

She would also like to see more people of different cultures coming together. A bilingual Mass is one way to gather people so they can get to know each other better, she said.

"People should not simply be tolerant of other races and cultures, but be welcoming," she said. "It is great to have people intermingle. We must respect, honor and celebrate the uniqueness in each other."

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