Today, Catholics of all ages find themselves in a new era: a time of constant change and growing cultural diversity. In his Apostolic Exhortation the Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis tells us that we are to be a Church that “goes forth.” For this reason, the Bishops of United States are launching the initiative the V Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry under the theme “Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.”
The main objective of this initiative is to discern ways in which the Church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire Church. The Process of the V Encuentro is currently taking place in parishes, lay ecclesial movements, schools & universities, and other Catholic organizations across the country.
- Read Archbishop Brolgio’s letter to the Clergy and Faithful of the Archdiocese regarding the Fifth Encuentro
Participate in the Fifth National Encuentro
While a special effort ought to be made to invite military young adults and families from the first to the fifth generation of Hispanics/Latinos, people from all cultures are encouraged and needed to participate in this process.
VLCFF Online Course
In collaboration with the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF), the Archdiocese has adapted the five-consultation catechesis of the Fifth Encuentro into a five-week interactive online course in English and Spanish entitled Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love. The course will begin on April 23, 2017.
Other Ways to Participate
In addition to the five-week course, military young adults and families will be invited to participate in the following events:
- November 4, 2017: A virtual celebration of the Archdiocesan Encuentro
- May 19, 2018: Episcopal Region IV Encuentro, Catholic University of America, DC
- September 20-23, 2018: National V Encuentro Event in Grapevine, Texas
- 2019-2020: A new document will be drafted to respond to the Hispanic presence and the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire church for implementation.