What is V Encuentro?
The Fifth National Hispanic Pastoral Encuentro (V Encuentro) is a four-year process that calls upon the Catholic Church in the United States to discern how it can better serve Hispanic Catholics and strengthen their role as missionary disciples to the entire Church. This initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholics Bishops is based on the theme: “Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.”
The V Encuentro Process
V Encuentro is a process of evangelization, communion, and consultation that:
- Generates information for pastoral planning that responds more creatively to the Hispanic presence in the Church and promotes the ecclesial integration of all communities
- Connects the local Hispanic community with a national initiative
- Generates and forms new pastoral leaders as missionary disciples
- Revitalizes the faith of parishioners and invites them to missionary activity
- Fosters the participation in liturgical and ministerial life
- Increases stewardship
V Encuentro starts at the parish level. Assisted by V Encuentro diocesan teams, parishes host five consecutive sessions that offer participants a chance to pray, reflect consult and discern the following themes inspired by Pope Francis’ call to create a culture of encounter in his apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”).:
- Called to a loving encounter with Jesus
- With words and actions: Do it!
- Walking together with Jesus
- Bearing fruits of new life
- Celebrating the joy of being missionary disciples
The parish encuentros are followed by diocesan, regional and national encuentros. The process concludes with a period of evaluation, reflection and development of a plan to meet the objectives of V Encuentro.