Ms. Pickering is a native Spanish speaker, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and has lived in the United States since 1990.
She has been an active volunteer in her parish and for the diocesan office of Hispanic Ministry over the past decade, working with a variety of ages from small children to parents and grandparents.
She is excited to now work more closely with youth and young adults as the coordinator of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana.
The Pastoral Juvenil ministry recognizes the large number of young Hispanics in the Diocese of Knoxville and seeks to reach out to them in a culturally and linguistically sensitive fashion. Pastoral Juvenil is dedicated to being a source for Spanish and bilingual resources, events, retreats, workshops, and leadership development for Hispanic youth and young adults. Pastoral Juvenil collaborates with the Hispanic Ministry office and other regional and national Hispanic associations and events.