The Rev. Raphael Villareal

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The Rev. Raphael Villareal
Church Info
Home Church Address
Mision Santa Cruz
Box 16088
Houston, TX 77222
United States
Church Website URL
Organization Name
Mision Santa Cruz
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Organization Address
Box 16088
Houston, TX 77222
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Creation Care
Housing Reform
Human Trafficking
Hunger/Food Justice
Racial Reconciliation
Description of Organization
Mission Station, Diocese of Ft. Worth
Organization Years In Operation
Does your ministry offer internships?
Strengths of Organization
Prayer, presence in community.
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Short-term missions in Spain, Colombia, Mexico. Twenty years of ministry in the Latino community.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
Continued involvement and support of affluent congregations.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Lack of understanding about systemic and institutional causes of poverty.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Administering Holy Eucharist to the poor, outcast, marginalized.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Daily Office, Lectio Divina, Scriptural meditation.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger Welcoming the Stranger A Theology of Liberation The Rich and the Rest of Us
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
That God's Justice is born of His Mercy.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
As canon missioner, Episcopal Cathedral of St Matthew, Dallas, TX, I became convinced of the importance of this ministry. Helped the Hispanic congregation grow and plant two other congregations in the diocese.