Ministry en lo Cotidiano means ministry “in the everyday.” Lo cotidiano is a concept drawn from the work of Latin@ theologians in the United States over the last 25 years. It describes the starting place for knowing and understanding God (for doing theology), that is, the real lived experience of Latin@s in this country. This is an experience that has been marked by marginalization and celebration, by injustice and profound grace.

Ministry en lo Cotidiano (MLC) is a leadership development and faith formation program for undergraduate students interested in experiencing faith-based service in the Latin@ community in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The purpose of MLC is to develop Latin@ lay leaders for the future of the Church and the Latin@ community in the United States. Dominican University is uniquely positioned to undertake vocational formation as a Catholic institution with a distinctly Dominican charism that is also a Hispanic-Serving Institution. 

Dominican draws on a considerable list of parish and community partnerships on Chicago’s Southwest side and the near-West suburbs to create a dynamic internship program supported by an innovative theological reflection model.

Each year, University Ministry looks for 12–15 student interns to place at roughly 6–8 internship sites. Internship placements vary in nature but are located in faith-based not-for-profit settings. Our 2017–2018 Community Partners include: the Quinn Center at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, the Resurrection ProjectCatholic CharitiesCristo ReySt. Joseph's Services, Casa Esperanza and Taller de Jose. Participants inevitably encounter their own shifting cultural identity and reinterpret that in the light of faith. Site placements address the concrete realities of immigration, youth faith formation, work and workers’ rights, literacy, and education (to name a few).

Additionally, students are compensated with a generous stipend, and may be eligible for up to two internship credits per semester with departmental approval.

Read a student reflection on Ministry en lo Cotidiano.

If you would like more information about the program, please stop by the University Ministry Center (Mazzuchelli North 298) or email the Ministry en lo Cotidiano coordinator Claudia Guzman at cguzman@dom.edu.