During the course of his life, Bishop Arias has authored several works, including: A Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes (Mexico, 1960); a paper entitled Manual Labor in Augustinian Monasticism (Rome, 1964); Luz y Vida, an Evangelization Program based on biblical dialogues held by lay leaders at homes (New York, 1971); and Presencia Nueva, a social research study on the Hispanic people of Northern New Jersey (Newark, 1987). Bishop Arias has also collaborated with other writers of various magazine and newspaper articles.

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Presencia Nueva (Ed. 1988)
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   One of the wonders about living things is the ability of all their parts to work in unison toward a common purpose. We, who are the members of the Catholic Church. are also constantly striving together toward our common purpose of loving the Lord and living that love through our faith and actions.
PRESENCIA NUEVA is the product of many dedicated people working together toward a common goal. Intellectually, it recognizes the need and importance of incorporating Hispanic gifts into our midst and joyfully it responds by reaching out to begin that process. Certainly this part of the Church will become fully alive when it begins to implement that plan to recognize the unique talents, graces, and resources of our Hispanic sisters and brothers, to serve the Lord and to bring more visible unity, cooperation and love to our parishes. communities and to the Church of Newark itself.

   For many years I have been privileged to be a part of the New Presence. It is, therefore, with great joy and gratitude that I encourage all our people to consider this study a call to join in the New Presence and to join with the New Presence as we seek together for an even greater unity in the Body of Christ.

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Pastoral Plan (Ed. 1989)
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   It is with personal satisfaction and gratitude to God that I present this phase of Presencia Nueva - our Pastoral Plan for ministering to our Hispanic Brothers and Sisters in the Archdiocese of Newark. For several years now, many dedicated people, guided by Bishop Arias, have been gathering information to lead their local Church to a more complete understanding of Hispanic spiritual and social needs. We are blessed and challenged by their vibrant heritage and deep faith in Our Lord!                                                                                 

   Now, with increased knowledge and sensitivity, we can go forward with this, our blueprint for effectively reaching out to the Hispanic community. This has always been the coal for our long range efforts - to make the plan a reality; a practical means by which the Archdiocese and its parishes can continue its efforts to embrace the Hispanic presence. In the pages that follow, you will read specific examples of ways our Plan will be implemented. At every level - ministerial formation, evangelization, spirituality, family needs, youth and social justice the Church of Newark wants to include the Hispanic community and truly be a Church for all people.

   That is what this plan is all about - the People of God, I spite of all the data, information and statistics which were necessary to formulate a plan, we can never lose sight of our purpose: How could we better serve people, recognize their culture and move one another toward a greater and more fulfilling love of Our Lord!

   It is my hope that through this Plan and its active implementation, our doors and hearts will be opened wide so that our Hispanic people can find and share authentic expressions of faith end a solidarity with their community.

Most Rev. Theodore E. McCarrick. (Archbishop of Newark)

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Spanish Americans: Lives and Faces (2005)
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   In 2005, Bishop Arias published another book (268 pages) titled Spanish Americans: Lives and Faces. This book introduces the biographies and portraits of 100 Spanish American figures who deserve to be known for their contributions to the United States in the past 500 years. It includes the stories of explorers, missionaries, governors, scientists, artists, writers, sportsmen and others. You will also find another one hundred short biographies of other notable Spanish Americans.

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The First Catholics of the United States. (Ed.2009)

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   Catholicism was brought to the United States by extraordinary missionaries. Driven by faith, courage and sacrifice, they planted the seeds of faith, even to the point of shedding their blood. Junipero Serra, Andrew White and Isaac Jogues are just a few of the hundreds of missionaries who labored in the many territories of this country and nurtured the seeds of the Catholic faith.
It is important for today’s Catholics to know who the pioneers of their faith were, where they came from, where they labored, what challenges they faced, how they lived and what they achieved with their efforts.

   The First Catholics of the United States deals with all these matters and provides a vision of the early years of Catholicism in this country. Its reading will generate a sense of pride in all Catholics who value their faith and will deepen the desire to put it into practice.

All these books have been published also in Spanish.

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The Martyrs of the United Sates (Ed. 2012)

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From the beginning, the Catholic Church has held in great esteem and venerated those of her children who have shed their blood for living, spreading, or defending their Christian faith. The martyrs are her heroes. Writers of all times have recounted their lives. Poets and musicians have sung their triumph in poems and hymns. Artists have captured their images in paintings, statues, and monuments. People have felt admiration for them, and their example has served as a stimulus and encouragement to imitate their deeds. All of this has been true from the time when the First Martyr on the top of Golgotha gave His life for the salvation of all people of the world.

Also in these lands that today form the United States of America we find men and women whose lives have been strengthened by their deep Christian faith. Throughout the past 500 years we find committed persons who made the decision to live and plant the faith here. We find them in the jungles and the shorelines, in the mountains and the valleys, in the deserts and on the Great Plains, in the villages and the cities. They lived in the North and in the South, in the East and the West. It was not gold, fame, or power that spurred on these heroes. They gave their lives to bring the light of Christ to the dwellers of the country. These martyrs have left here their footprints and their blood as a witness to their love for the salvation of others.

This book is yet another effort to make known those martyrs who lived their faith here and here shed their blood so that the light of the Gospel might also shine on this land. In doing this, they followed the example of the First Martyr who sacrificed His life to draw all peoples to their Creator and Father. It is, therefore, important to know who these martyrs were, where they lived, and what they did. It is part of our heritage and history.

 

La Hispanidad Católica en EE.UU. Insert Paper
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   In June of 1999, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America organized an international congress on the history of the Evangelization in America through the 20th century. Bishop Arias was invited to make a presentation on the presence of the Hispanic Catholic community. He delivered a sixteen pages work that was later published as part of a book edited by Libreria Editrice Vaticana under the title of "Los Ultimos Cien Años de la Evangelización en América Latina".

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Spanish Roots (I Edition, 1992)
Spanish Roots (II Edition, 2004)

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   Spanish Roots of America, is a 391-pages book on the presence of the Spanish-speaking people in the United States from 1492 to 1992 (New Jersey 1992 and 2004). The Spanish presence in America was established long before the arrival of the Pilgrims. The influence of Spain has left an indelible mark on the geography and history of the United States. Spanish Roots of America highlights the United States’ Spanish heritage, a dimension of the United States past that is unknown to many Americans. It presents the pioneering efforts of extraordinary people who brought Western European knowledge, culture and faith to this land. Part One provides brief reflections on the principle Spanish contributions to this country.

   Part Two offers a year-by-year narrative of concrete facts or salient events which have occurred in the past five hundred years. Spanish Roots of America details the events in 1776 that led Spain to aid in the independence of the Thirteen Colonies, as well as countless other historical facts and events. Appendix material includes: Governors of Hispanic Origin in the United States; Spanish Missions in the United States; Spanish Forts in the United States; Martyrs of Hispanic Origin in the United States; Bishop of Hispanic Origin in the United States; Bibliographical Sources; and an Alphabetical Name Index. A second edition was also published in 2007 by Loreto Publications. Spanish Roots of America has been published in Spanish by Editorial Mapfre under the title of "Las Raíces Hispanas de EE.UU." and the second edition by Printed 2000, in León, Spain, in 2006.

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Spanish Cross in Georgia (Ed. 1994)
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   Spanish Cross in Georgia, a 181-page book on the Catholic Missions in Georgia from 1567 to 1702 (New Jersey, 1994). In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish endeavored to plant the Catholic faith in the hearts of the Native Americans, and the cross in the soil of modern-day Georgia. Arias describes how, amidst the beauty and hardships of the geographic area, the Spanish strategized to erect the cross in Georgia in the 16th century and how this marked the origin of the common venture of Church and Crown to establish a mission system which provided human promotion, religious formation and cultural advancement. Bishop Arias enthusiastically describes how the intrepid Spanish missionaries worked along the Atlantic coast and displayed an extraordinary dynamism, even reaching Virginia in 1570 and establishing a mission near present-day Williamsburg. However, 8 of these heroes of the cross were massacred by native tribes.

   This book also describes how other missionaries followed in their footsteps and ceaselessly labored building settlements, churches, schools, and monasteries, as well as struggling with native languages, customs, and beliefs. Spanish Cross in Georgia discusses the politics of that time and the rivalry between Spain and England in their quarrel for Georgia. The book also chronicles how the titanic effort of hundreds of heroic people was turned into ashes. This book has been published by Editorial Mensaje in Mexico City under the title "La Cruz en la brecha".

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Spanish Cross in Georgia (2nd Ed. 2011)
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   Spanish Cross in Georgia, a 181-page book on the Catholic Missions in Georgia from 1567 to 1702 (New Jersey, 1994). In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Spanish endeavored to plant the Catholic faith in the hearts of the Native Americans, and the cross in the soil of modern-day Georgia. Arias describes how, amidst the beauty and hardships of the geographic area, the Spanish strategized to erect the cross in Georgia in the 16th century and how this marked the origin of the common venture of Church and Crown to establish a mission system which provided human promotion, religious formation and cultural advancement. Bishop Arias enthusiastically describes how the intrepid Spanish missionaries worked along the Atlantic coast and displayed an extraordinary dynamism, even reaching Virginia in 1570 and establishing a mission near present-day Williamsburg. However, 8 of these heroes of the cross were massacred by native tribes.

   This book also describes how other missionaries followed in their footsteps and ceaselessly labored building settlements, churches, schools, and monasteries, as well as struggling with native languages, customs, and beliefs. Spanish Cross in Georgia discusses the politics of that time and the rivalry between Spain and England in their quarrel for Georgia. The book also chronicles how the titanic effort of hundreds of heroic people was turned into ashes. This book has been published by Editorial Mensaje in Mexico City under the title "La Cruz en la brecha".

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                                      Spanish American Encyclopedia

                                Spanish American Encyclopedia (Ed. 2016)

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   Did you know that Columbus arrived in 1492 in the Bahama Islands and that he registered them as Spanish lands?  That in the following year he landed in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and that todays those lands are part of the United States?  Did you know that already in 1508 one city and one school were founded in Puerto Rico, and from that time until 1898, it was a Spanish territory with its own governors?  Did you know that Florida was settled by Spain from 1513 until 1821, and that the first city in continental United States was built there?  Did you know that New Mexico was settled by Spain from 1598 until 1848, and that its territory stretched north all the way to Canada? Did you know that from 1763 until 1803 the lands west of the Mississippi River until the Pacific Ocean were Spanish dominions? Did you know that to a great extent Spain financed the war of US independence?  Did you know that each and every one of the States of this country have a Spanish heritage in their past?.

Did you know that from 1492 until today there has always been a continuous Hispanic presence on these lands of North America?  Did you know that since 1492 until the present time Spanish has been spoken in in these lands?  Did you know that more that 50 million persons speak Spanish in this country?

   If you answered NO to any of these questions, and many others, you must read the Spanish American Encyclopedia.