Diocese of Youngstown has four representatives at Mujer Valiente Conference

The conference takes place in Miami Florida, February 22-25

February 2, 2024

Contact: Dennis Biviano, PR & Media Specialist, (330) 744-8451, ext. 320; dbiviano@youngstowndiocese.org

Four women have been selected to represent the Diocese of Youngstown at the Pastoral Institute’s Mujer Valiente (“Valiant Woman”) Conference for Latina Catholic leaders. The three day conference gathers aspiring women leaders from across the country. The criteria for selecting participants is love of Catholic faith, their desire to deepen it, and their commitment to sharing it with others. 

This year’s leaders include: 

  • Cristina Hernandez
  • Maria Isabel Leon Onate 
  • Ana Bertha Hernandez Duran
  • Sylvia Gould 


Hernandez, is one of the participants, as well as the Diocese of Youngstown Hispanic Ministry Coordinator. She says to “have this opportunity for us as a leader in our community is going to be a wonderful experience. We have one representation for every Parish that has Spanish mass. These three days are going to be a learning experience, communication and hope to learn about new resources for our community. Thank you to Catholic Extension and especially to Bishop Bonnar for the opportunity that we are going to have!” 

Participants will gather for theological lectures, communal prayer, reflection, discussion and networking. The conference takes place in Miami Florida from February 22-25, and is a collaboration between the Catholic Extension and Southeast Pastoral Institute. The program is fully funded through Catholic Extension and other funding partners. 






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