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 Broglio’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.
Other Ways to Participate
Invite military young adults and families to participate in the following opportunities:
- Learn about the National V Encuentro Gathering held in Grapevine, Texas, September 2018. An AMS delegation participated and represented the interests of those serving in the military.
- 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.
- New USCCB resource, Creating a Culture of Encounter: A Guide for Joyful Missionary Disciples. This small-group guide will help Catholics live out the call of Jesus to meet those on the peripheries with the Good News of the Gospel for their lives.This new community resource finds its roots in the gathering of the V Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral.