Lydia Pesina serves as Director of the Family Life Office for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. She has worked as a Lay Ecclesial Minister full time for 35 years (August 1982- present) in several parish and diocesan positions (25 of them with the Family Life Office).
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas; a Certificate in Religious Education from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas; and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She has been married for 42 years to Mauricio (aka Morris or Mauri) whom she met when she was 14 and he 16. They have one daughter, Liana and one grandson, Elian whom she unexpectedly helped deliver at home! (Lydia’s name is listed on Elian’s birth certificate as the attendant).
In the 1970s and 80s, she played trumpet professionally in an all-female mariachi band. These days she uses her “hot air” for presenting and writing.
Lydia writes a monthly column in The Valley Catholic newspaper: click on link: file:///C:/Users/lpesina/Downloads/MAY%20TVC2017%20FINAL.pdf for the May issue titled “Ministry with Families 101”
As Region X Representative, she serves on the NACFLM Board and also serves as co-chair for The Formation and Resource Commission along with Veola Burchett.
She received the 2011 NACFLM Award together with Fr. Daniel Ramirez Portugal (both on the presenting team of the Ministry with Families Course series)
Lydia is a strong advocate for NACFLM’s Ministry Formation course series: Ministry with Families 101, 201, and 301 and has had the joy to team teach this course, both in English and Spanish in different parts of the country since 2000 including Hartford, Connecticut; Apple Valley, California; Washington D.C.; Laredo, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; El Paso, Texas; Waipahu, Hawaii, Plano, Texas; Liberal, Kansas and Brownsville Diocese.
Lydia: “It is a blessing to be able to daily proclaim the sacredness of “faith” and “family” through Family Ministry!”