Celebrated from September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a way to appreciate the various Latino/Hispanic countries and the culture that each has brought to the United States, The Episcopal Church, and the Diocese of Washington. These cultures trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Hispanic or Latino population, which includes people of any race, was 62.6 million in 2021, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest racial or ethnic minority. The Episcopal Diocese of Washington has a long history of Latino/Hispanic ministry dating from the 1970’s. In our diocese, we have six distinct Spanish-speaking faith communities, all represent a melting pot of many people, but form one family in Christ. This phrase from our friend, Julio Cuellar is the title of a song, Many People, One Family, that was first used for the Nuevo Amanecer event in 2018 and serves as the focal point of our diocesan Latino/Hispanic ministry. As we celebrate this month, we invite you to worship with one of our Latino faith communities ranging from Northern Montgomery County to North Prince George’s County and the District. All are welcome!