The Priest (continued)
New York Skyline view from New Jersey
In the 1960's the Cursillo Movement was introduced in New York by the Augustinian Recollects and spread quite rapidly through the many parishes of the Archdiocese of New York, forming a good part of their lay leadership. As an integral part of the Cursillo Movement, there was begun a Leaders' School where about 200 lay leaders of parishes in Manhattan, Bronx, Yonkers and even Staten Island would come on a weekly basis to take part in bible classes, and classes on Ecclesiology and the History of the Church. As Archdiocesan Advisor, Fr. David participated in International Conventions of Cursillos, such as those in Mallorca, Mexico City and the Dominican Republic.
Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York, in 1978 appointed Fr. David as Director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs for the Archdiocese of New York; as such, he had the role of supervising all pastoral services in Spanish on behalf of the Hispanic people, running the Language Institute to teach Spanish to church personnel, and managing the Intercultural Summer Institute, a program of immersion in the Spanish language and culture that operated in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico. Hundreds of priests, nuns and lay persons learned to speak Spanish at institutes sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York.
Founders of the Cursillo Movement with Bishop Arias:
P. Francisco Suarez, Mr. Eduardo Bonin and P. Juan Capó
San Juan Fiesta Mass: Cardinal Cook and Bishop Arias
Central Park, New York City, NY
For the five years that he was Director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs, Fr. David also coordinated the Fiesta de San Juan, a Mass in Central Park which draws over 100,000 people of Puerto Rican and other Hispanic origin. He also played an active role in the annual preparation of "Misa and Desfile de la Hispanidad" along Fifth Avenue; and the National and Regional Conventions of Hispanic Apostolic Directors in the Northeast region of the country. Other ethnic celebrations such as Guadalupe (Mexico), Lujan (Argentina), Immaculate Conception (Panama), Cristo del Gran Poder (Peru) were started at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
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