Bishop Richard Pates explains in the fall edition of Catholic Extension magazine that the Diocese of Des Moines is a mission diocese with regard to Hispanic initiatives. Thanks to the help of Catholic Extension, our diocese has been able to employ Mayra Moriel de Banuelos, coordinator of Hispanic Ministry, and Luis Salinas Mendoza, coordinator of Hispanic Youth Ministry. They have begun a Spanish-language RCIA program, a lay ministry program, held an Encuentro (retreat) for Spanish speaking Catholics, begun a Spanish-language radio show, held youth retreats and made seminary visits with Hispanic youth. In addition, they are helping parishes and diocesan staff become more culturally conscious. See the full column by Bishop Pates here on page 38.