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Executive Board

Rev. Juan J. Sosa

Having participated in the Liturgical Formation of lay volunteers in three archdioceses of Cuba, Fr. Sosa has continued to keep his responsibilities as Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Chair of the Committee on Popular Piety. In May, with the assistance of Ms. Sylvia Sánchez, Fr. Sosa visited St. Thomas University and Barry University in Miami to dialogue over their needs on liturgical formation for Hispanic Catholics and the needs of the INHL as an organization. Preparations have almost concluded with a new Webpage sponsored by the INHL. Fr. Sosa participated in a one day workshop at the Instituto Tepeyac in El Paso, Texas, has been composing some of the Psalms requested by Oregon Catholic Press, reviewed the proposals for the anthem of the upcoming V National Hispanic Encuentro, continues to write reflections in English and Spanish for Liturgia y Canción and has participated in the final preparations of the Misal and other liturgical texts prepared by the CDW’s Subcommittee for Hispanics.

Sr. Marilú Covani
Vice President, Farwest Region

Sr. Marilú retired last August from her position of Director of the Office of Worship. She continues working as part-time Liturgical Consultant and has taken two new responsibilities as Diocesan Coordinator of the V Encuentro and Pastoral of Hispanic/Latino Ministry. She also remains being responsible for the Paulist Press annual Spanish Ordo.

Mary Frances Reza
Secretary, Mountain States Region

Mary Frances served as Director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and Director of Liturgy at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. Her life’s work has been her family, her work in pastoral ministry, an educator, serving as a Consultant and as resource in Hispanic Liturgical Music. Her music is published by OCP and WLP. Her years of ministry have been recognized at both the Diocesan and National levels. In 2010, the FDLC presented her with the Frederick R. Mc Manus Award for her contribution to pastoral liturgy. She has received the SWLC Faithful Servant Award and the NPM Pastoral Musician of the Year Award.

Mary Frances has served as Secretary on the INHL Executive Board. Retired, she is presently serving on the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and as Director of Music at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Albuquerque, NM. She served as a member of the Chant Team formed in 2014, a three-year commitment to help formulate and write the chant settings for the required sung texts of the new Misal Romano.

Maria Perez-Rudisill

Maria formerly served as Associate Director of the Ministry of Worship and Spiritual Life Office for the Archdiocese of Miami, Past Secretary of the INHL, and current Treasurer of the INHL. With over 40 years of experience serving as a Pastoral Musician for the Archdiocese of Miami, she is currently the Director of Music Ministry for St. Matthew Catholic Church, Hallandale Beach, FL. Maria was honored to serve as one of the members of the Chant Team creating some of the musical settings for the new Misal Romano (Spanish Roman Missal for use in the United States). Maria has transcribed or arranged over 200 works for the series Cuba Canta Al Señor, assisting many local and international composers. Maria holds a BM in Music Performance from FIU and an M.S. Ed in Interdisciplinary Arts from Nova Southeastern University. She has her own liturgical compositions published by OCP, WLP, and GIA. In her spare time, she enjoys writing Psalms for liturgy and orchestral scores for Zarzuelas.

Deacon Jose Enrique Lopez
Director of Communications

Rev. Mr. Jose Enrique Lopez is a transitional deacon of the Archdiocese of Miami. He acquired his undergraduate degree in Art in Philosophy at Saint John Vianney College Seminary. He is currently working towards a Master of Divinity degree at Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. Some of his pastoral experiences have been, Ermita de La Caridad, Misión Santa Ana in Homestead, Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key west, and St. Joseph Parish in Miami Beach. He is currently serving at Assumption Parish in Lauderdale by the Sea. Rev. Mr. Lopez is also an adept at web management and has expertise in the area of using social media as an evangelization tool.

Damaris Thillet
Northeast Region

A native of Puerto Rico, Damaris Thillet studied at Temple University in Philadelphia. She frequently collaborated with her late husband, Diego Correa, in music ministry. As a team, they served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, for many years. Serving as the northeast regional representative for the INHL, Damaris is also one of the founders and current president of the East Coast Hispanic Pastoral Musicians Association. During the 2016 United States visit by Pope Francis, she was invited to lead the Spanish choir at a Mass to close the World Meeting of Families. Damaris and Diego have two collections of liturgical music in Spanish, Eso Me Basta, Señor and Del Pesebre a la Cruz, their OCP debut. Inspired by the scriptures and marked by evangelical zeal, their songs feature the unique musical styles and rhythms of Puerto Rico. Damaris’s compositions can also be found in ¡Vive Tu Fe! and Flor y Canto.

Currently, Damaris is the associate director of the Office of Worship and Christian Initiation and the Director of Music & Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at Diocese of Camden.

Rogelio Zelada

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