Mexican-American Center Goes High-tech

SAN ANTONIO — Two years shy of its 30th anniversary, the Mexican American Cultural Center has opened a new $6 million campus with 11 new buildings equipped to bring the center up to date with the computer age.

The Mexican American Cultural Center was founded in 1972 to provide ministry training grounded in the Mexican-American culture. Its programs now are multicultural and include various pastoral ministry courses and intensive language training.

Among the projects the center will be involved with at its new location is a three-year national project in collaboration with the Hispanic National Alliance of Evangelical Ministries.

The project “Hispanic Churches in American Public Life,” will study the impact of religion on politics and civic engagement in the Latino community.

Funded by a $1.3 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, it will examine the impact of Latino Catholic, mainline Protestant, Pentecostal and new religious communities on civic engagement, politics, education, business, social programs and community activism.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.