Ministry helps gang members start anew

Published: April 19, 2016

En Español

Fuerza Transformadora (Transforming Force) is a Catholic movement that was founded in 2006 by Jaime Torres, a former gang leader, to reach people who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, gang life and violence and help them learn about God and change their lives.

Torres joined the staff of the Diocese of Little Rock in 2010 and currently serves as associate director of the Office of Faith Formation, where he coordinates this ministry, which has grown to include programs in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Illinois.

In November 2014, Catholic Extension in Chicago partnered with the Diocese of Little Rock to provide grants to dioceses across the nation that want to implement the Fuerza Transformadora ministry in their communities.

This movement helps those who have been marginalized to become leaders. Through training courses and the development of skills, this Spanish-language program helps participants assimilate into society and learn how to handle responsibility while retaining their own personality and identity. Learn more by reading Arkansas Catholic.

It is designed for adults ages 18 and older. Retreats and other events for men and women are held at parishes across Arkansas. Visit our Calendar of Events to find an upcoming retreat near you. For more information, contact Jaime Torres, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 434.