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Mexican American Catholic College Records

Identifier: MXA

Scope and Content

Records of the Mexican American Cultural Center / Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, Texas; consisting of founding documents, clippings, correspondence, event files, fundraising files, endowment files, administrative files, Encuentro Program files, event files, history files, and files on other subjects and activities including the Diocesan Pastoral Plan for Hispanics and the HCAPL Pew Project; files of Sr. Rosa Maria Icaza; and video recordings of Fr. Virgil's Catholic television shows and Bible program.

The records of MACC include several series: General Archives, Virgil Elizondo Files, Office of the President, Administration, Programs, HCAPL Pew Project, Resources, Registration, Correspondence / Communications, Development, Events, History, Publications, Manuscripts, Press Releases, Subject Files, John Linskens Papers, Newspaper Clippings, and Media.


  • Creation: 1965-2002.


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Established in 1972, in San Antonio, Texas, as the Mexican American Cultural Center, MACC has been building bridges between cultures for over 40 years.

The Mexican American Catholic College has always been about opportunity and need. In the early 1970s, PADRES, a Mexican American priests' organization and Las Hermanas, a Mexican American religious women's group, worked with the Texas Catholic Conference and the Archdiocese of San Antonio to bring MACC into being.

The need was great -- there were no pastoral materials for the Spanish speaking millions in the United States. Religious trained leaders were lacking in the Hispanic communities; and the Hispanic culture was a mystery to most non-Hispanics in the U.S.

Today, all the liturgical documents used by English-speaking Catholics have been translated into Spanish and are available for the Spanish- speaking thanks to MACC's efforts. MACC has become the "must stop" place on the path to ministry with Hispanic populations across the country, and indeed around the world.

MACC is a cross-cultural center for leadership, theology, pastoral ministry, the Spanish and English languages, research and the study of the Hispanic reality.

MACC is a center of research, based on lived experience, on multiculturalism, with expertise in the unique and beautiful culture and language of the Hispanic, particularly the Mexican-American. MACC remains focused on that reality we understand, the Mexican American culture, and from that foundation, reach out to others.

(From the MACC website,, 28 May 2015).


250 linear feet

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Mexican American Catholic College.

Mexican American Catholic College Records
University of Notre Dame Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

607 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame Indiana 46556 United States
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