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The Rev. Yamily Bass-Choate, vicar, San Andres in Yonkers reaches out to the community with a six-week summer camp serving neighborhood children. Here Bass-Choate helps two boys with a writing project.
The diocese has vibrant Hispanic/Latino Ministries.
For generations New York City and the surrounding area has attracted immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past two decades, increasing waves of immigrants have come to the communities the diocese serves; the diocese takes seriously and is energized by this call to "welcome the stranger" as proclaimed in Matthew's gospel (chapter 25.)
Latino Ministry, like all other ministries in the diocese, functions under the oversight of the Bishop of New York.
The Hispanic Commission reports to Diocesan Convention through the Committee on Congregational Life and Mission. It is through this Committee that funds from the Diocesan Assessment Budget (Hispanic Commission and Latino Ministry lines) are allocated.
The Hispanic/Latino Commission of the Diocese of New York advises the Bishop of New York on all matters relating to the exercise of Latino Ministry in the diocese. Read its constitution here. Commission members are appointed by their respective area bishops. (The Diocesan Bishop appoints for Mid-Hudson.)
Each of the diocese's three Regions is entitled to five appointees, at least two of which must be from the lay order of ministry.