Archbishop José H. Gomez of San Antonio, Texas has begun weekly Spanish-language radio broadcasts of Al Partir el Pan, popular biblical reflections on the Sunday Mass readings produced by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Audio files of Archbishop Gomez’ broadcasts are now posted on the Center’s website — www.SalvationHistory.com. They are also available at www.archdiosa.org, the website of the San Antonio Archdiocese.
Catholic radio stations and others may download these broadcast-quality files at no charge and use them freely in their ministries. Text versions of the biblical reflections are also available for download.
The new joint initiative by Archbishop Gomez and the St. Paul Center is aimed at reaching the estimated 25 million Hispanic Catholics in the United States. Hispanics make up roughly 39 percent of the nation’s Catholic population and are by far the fastest-growing segment of the American Church.
“Al Partir el Pan is one of the finest Spanish-language resources available for drawing our people deeper into the mystery of the Eucharist and the meaning of the Scripture readings we hear in the Sunday liturgy,” said Archbishop Gomez. “I hope that these broadcasts will help foster Catholic identity among Hispanics—keeping them strong in their faith, growing in virtue, and strengthening their bonds to their families, their traditions, and their local churches.”
Dr. Scott Hahn, founder and president of the St. Paul Center, expressed hope that the new broadcasts will lead to greater Hispanic devotion to sacred Scripture.
“Our biblical reflections not only help demonstrate the biblical basis of Catholic beliefs, they also show how the Bible is central to Catholic worship, especially the Mass,” he said.
Archbishop Gomez, who was born in Monterey, Mexico, is a widely respected leader in the U.S. Church. He serves on the U.S. bishops’ committees on doctrine, catechesis, priestly life, and Hispanic affairs. He has also served in leadership roles in the 2,400-member National Association of Hispanic Priests and the National Catholic Council of Hispanic Ministry. In 2005, Time magazine identified Archbishop Gomez as one of America’s 25 most influential Hispanics.
The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, based in Steubenville, Ohio, was founded in 2001 to promote “biblical literacy” for Catholic lay people and “biblical fluency” for clergy. The Center offers a variety of programs, publications, and services, including on-line Scripture studies that currently serve more than 26,000 people in 25 countries.