María del Mar Muñoz-Visoso is executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In that capacity, she supervises the and directs the work of the staff serving the Bishops’ Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church and its five Subcommittees (for African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Native Americans, and the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers). This includes the current efforts on the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Mar holds a B.A. in Communications with a major in Journalism from C.E.U. San Pablo in Valencia, Spain, and a master of theological studies (M.T.S) from the Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Before her appointment as executive director in 2012, she was assistant director of Media Relations since 2007. She also was a consultant to various USCCB committees, including on Communications, Women in Church and Society, and Divine Worship in Spanish. Her pastoral work specializes in Hispanic/Latino and intercultural ministries.
Prior to her work at the Bishops’ Conference, Mar worked for the Archdiocese of Denver in various capacities for over a decade, including as director of Hispanic Ministry, and first executive director of Centro San Juan Diego, the archdiocesan pastoral institute and adult education center for Hispanics. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI awarded her the BenemerentiMedal for “sustained and exemplary service to the Catholic faith.”
Mar is a published author and speaker and has over two decades of experience as an editor and journalist. She founded El Pueblo Católico, a Spanish-language diocesan newspaper. During the papal transition she assisted the USCCB Media Office efforts in Rome, and was part of the Communications Team during Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 and Pope Francis’ 2015 Papal Visits to the United States. She is married and the mother of three children.
The Lord invites us today to listen more attentively, to talk to Him especially when we don’t understand, and to identify and get rid of those things, actions and attitudes that distract us from truly listening to the Word of God and living like a true disciple.VIEW