Spanish Translation Turns Men Into Better Husbands – Clarion Herald
ESE HOMBRE ARE YOU
➤ WHAT: A transformational program to help men (aged 18+) encounter God in the context of their marriage and family life. It was recently dubbed into Spanish. The program is offered in English and Spanish by the non-profit organization Paradisus Dei.
➤ WHERE/WHEN: Several locations in the Archdiocese of New Orleans offer the English or Spanish version, including the Hispanic Apostolate, 2525 Maine Ave., Metairie; La Senora de Guadalupe, 4465 Hwy. 190 East Service Road, Covington, Saturdays at 8 a.m.; Our Lady of Prompt Secours, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette, Saturdays at 7 p.m.; St. Joseph’s Church, 610 6th St., Gretna, Fridays at 5:45 a.m.; Our Lady of Lourdes, 400 Westchester Blvd., Slidell, Thursdays at 6 a.m., Wednesdays at 8 p.m.; St. Margaret Mary, 1050 Robert Blvd., Slidell, Sundays at 9 a.m.; Mary Queen of Peace, 1501 West Causeway Approach, Mandeville, Wednesdays at 5:45 a.m.; St. Peter, 125 East 19th Ave., Covington, Thursdays at 5:45 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; St. Anselm, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville, Fridays at 5:30 a.m.
➤ TO FIND A LOCATION: Call Deacon Carlos Ramirez at (985) 788-5971 or email him at [email protected] Find program details at: paradisusdei.org/that-man-is-you/#faq
By Christine Bordelon
Deacon Carlos Ramirez had long sought a program that would give Christian men the tools they needed to challenge modern social norms and become better husbands and fathers.
At a Northshore deanery meeting, he overheard a team leader from “That Man is You” extolling the virtues of the men’s program which deals with faith, family, values and sanity.
Deacon Ramirez, a deacon who serves in the Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese, knew immediately he had found what he was looking for because he saw men being changed from within by addressing core values which they can then pass on to their children.
But when Deacon Ramirez asked if there was a Spanish version of the program to help him minister to Spanish-speaking Catholics, the answer was no.
“I went home and told my wife, Elisabeth about it,” he said.
When Deacon Ramirez mentioned “That man is you,” it touched his wife. She told him that a client had visited his law office and that he had been rude and disrespectful. A year later, the man returned and was dignified and respectful. He attributed his positive change to “That Man Is You”.
When Deacon Ramirez told Elisabeth that the program was used in English in the Archdiocese of New Orleans but was not available in Spanish, she said, “Translate it.
He thought maybe he should. The reason stems from a spiritual experience he had in Spain in 2008 during a silent retreat with his wife in a castle where St. Ignatius of Loyola stayed.
It was there, while I was praying after reading a passage from the Bible about Jesus being the door, that “God told me I was going to be the door”. Deacon Ramirez said he said to Christ, “No. You are the door. How can I be the door?
Started with some bands
In 2021, Deacon Ramirez began creating Spanish audio to accompany a few episodes of “That Man is You” to share with northern Hispanics. He then contacted Paradisus Dei, the nonprofit organization founded by Steve Bollman in Houston, which created the program in 2002. Deacon Ramirez mentioned how he was reaching the Latino community with his Spanish dub of their program, and he received permission to translate the 26 videotapes. – 13 in the fall and 13 in the spring. He spent 1,000 hours dubbing his voice over the English voices.
The Spanish-translated version, “Ese Hombre Eres Tu (EHET)” has spread around the world, he said.
Each gathering is divided into three parts. It starts with a meal to give the men a chance to bond, followed by a 30 minute DVD and ends with a 15 minute small group discussion. Two questions accompany each video to foster conversation, he said.
“It’s very transformative,” Deacon Ramirez said. “Because men are starting to talk about the issues that all men face with culture, our jobs, pornography, fidelity and all those things. We have the freedom to present a topic for men to talk about.
He said wives have commented on the positive changes they have noticed when their spouses, who participate in the program, are trained to become disciples of Jesus.
“I saw glimmers of hope,” Deacon Ramirez said. “I saw that those guys loved Jesus more. When I heard the wives talk about the positive transformation of their husbands, I said, “This is it. This is something that can really help not just Hispanic men, but all men around the world.
“I decided to translate all these videos because I realized that ‘That Man is You’ or ‘El Hombre Eres Tu’ is a program that can really change men into men according to God’s heart. By doing this we will have better fathers, better husbands, better people, and they can change the world to a better place.
Thirty Hispanic parishes in the United States and several in the archdiocese have adopted this ministry, and it has been endorsed by several bishops. The spring semester of the EHET has just started or will start soon. Any parish can participate with the approval of a parish priest. To learn more, visit Paradisus Dei at https://paradisusdei.org or call Deacon Carlos Ramirez at (985) 788-5971.