Luis H. Soto
Centro San Juan Diego
Archdiocese of Denver
Luis Soto, the director for Hispanic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver and the executive director of Centro San Juan Diego, the Hispanic Institute for Family and Pastoral Care, holds a bachelor degree in Philosophy and a master degree in Theology from the university Iberoamericana of Mexico.
Luis has a strong background in serving the Catholic Church in both Mexico and the United States. Luis, an immigrant from Sonora, Mexico demonstrates his passion for the common good of others and the importance of integrating into American Society while maintaining his rich Hispanic heritage and culture. Luis is one of the most sought presenter’s on significant issues such as Immigration, Pro-Life, Stewardship and Integration. In this year alone he has lead more than 20 retreats and conferences nationally and internationally.
In just a few years, Luis has become one of the most influential Hispanic leaders of the Catholic Church in the country. In recognizing that more than half of the Catholics in the Denver Archdiocese are Hispanic, in 2009 Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., designated Luis Soto to lead an unique project, One Family under God, to develop an evangelization plan with a spirit of unity within the Church. In support of this amazing initiative, three parishes are implementing this program and are faithfully experiencing the remarkable positive changes within their community.
Under Luis' leadership, tireless efforts and dedication to the Church and Hispanic community reflects in his work and genuine dedication through the remarkable accomplishments at Centro San Juan Diego, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Denver. In 2009, more then 30,000 individuals were provided both pastoral and educational opportunities contributing to becoming faithful and integrated leaders in the Catholic Church and in society.
In recognizing Luis Soto’s substantial contributions to the Church and society, one of the most recent noteworthy distinction’s to be bestowed upon him in November of this year, is the Benemerenti Medal, an honor that Pope Benedict XVI recognizes for his long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, to his family and his community.