New York, NY 10027
You are invited to the Rotunda on Wednesday, November 30, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm for an unveiling of the portrait of the Reverend Leoncia Rosado Rousseau, known to many as Mama Leo. We will also celebrate her archives being available at the Burke Library. A reception will follow the unveiling. After the reception, a panel discussion entitled Mama Leo: Contributions of Latinx Pentecostalism to New York City will take place, featuring:
- Rev. Olga Torres-Simpson: President and Founder of Angels Unaware
- Bishop Raymond Rivera: Founder and President of Latino Pastoral Action Center, Inc. and Sanctuary Church, Senior Pastor
- Rev. Dr. Kittin Silva: Bishop of the International Council of Pentecostal Churches of Jesus Christ, member and Founder of Radio Vision Cristiana.
- Rev. Ofa Rivera: Executive Director of Way Out Ministries
Mama Leo’s ministry was groundbreaking in many ways. She was a pioneer in advocating for sex workers and those addicted to drugs. She established a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, the Damascus Christian Youth Crusade. This program became a state-wide model and Mama Leo’s ministry garnered recognition for the many followers whose lives were transformed.
Launched in 2022, Union is the home of The Mama Leo Latinx Lecture Series to honor the Puerto Rican spiritual leader. Held annually, this lecture series recognizes the unconventional and pragmatic leader’s dedication and years of service by inviting speakers to focus on Latinx ministry and social justice. The 2023 lecture will be announced soon.