Episode 53: Vickie Figueroa talks about urban ministry and equipping the laity
Vickie Figueroa, head of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Detroit, joins Danielle and Fr. Steve to talk about urban ministry, the importance of social media in unleashing the Gospel and vintage fashion.
Rapid Fire Questions and Discussion 02:50
Vickie discusses an amusing first job, vintage fashion and "why men great till they gotta be great?"
In this segment Vickie talks about her work at Corpus Christi Parish and how that led to her becoming the Director of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Danielle asks Vickie about living her faith and being, "authentically black and authentically Catholic". She goes on to shares her passion for "bringing the next generation along.”
Unleashing the Gospel 20:12
Fr. Steve starts the dialog by asking what parts of the Unleash the Gospel letter had the most impact on her. Vickie comments on two areas, the good habits and equipping the laity to spread the Gospel. She encourages us to continue to have confidence in God, to "let go and let God.” Fr. Steve talks about God taking away the things we use to define our lives to draw us closer to him. Danielle turns the conversation toward Vickie's passion for urban youth ministry and how COVID-19 has completely changed her original ministry plans, making social media an extremely important tool to stay connected with the community.
Vickie challenges us to embrace diversity and inclusion. She stresses how important it is to use images and stories from all cultures for those on the margins to feel that they are an important part of the Church.
Episode Summary 35:32