V Encuentro spreads hope – September 24, 2018
Twenty-four members of the Diocese of Orlando, including priests, religious, deacons, and laypeople, traveled to Grapevine, TX Sept. 20 – 23 to participate in a national conversation that has been more than two years in the making. Delegations from dioceses across the country joined together for the national V Encuentro, an opportunity to discuss how the Church can better serve Hispanic Catholics and strengthen their role as missionary disciples. Leading up to this historic meeting, there have been parish, diocesan and regional gatherings to discern the unique needs of each community…
Diocesan priest speaks at national convention about Hispanic vocations – September 20, 2018
Fifty-two percent of the Catholics in the U.S. under 30 are Hispanic or Latino, yet they only reflect 15% of the Ordination class of 2013. This has been the trend for several years and the disparity caused the Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to question why. They enlisted the help of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors. Four years later, there is new data and greater hope…
After nine months of gathering, listening, and sharing, more than 200 Hispanic ministry leaders presented their findings to Bishop John Noonan on March 3 at Resurrection Parish in Winter Garden; the fruits of V Encuentro. This is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to reach out to Hispanic Catholics to hear their ideas and develop recommendations to better serve this growing community. Presented to Bishop Noonan was a document summarizing the work of more than 52 organizations including parishes, schools, and ministries, who worked in small groups then went out from their parishes and into the community to reach those on the periphery, to hear their concerns and offer help where needed….
V Encuentro invites the Hispanic Church to a loving encounter – July 20, 2017
The Diocese of Orlando began its participation in V Encuentro, or Fifth Encounter, with a gathering of more than 150 leaders from 20 parishes throughout the diocese. The Fifth National Hispanic Pastoral Encuentro is an initiative begun by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The four-year process calls the Catholic Church in the United States to discern how it can better serve Hispanic Catholics, especially those who are marginalized, and strengthen their role as missionary disciples to the entire Church…
V Encuentro enkindles missionary discipleship in local Church – January 4, 2017
“It was a life-changing experience,” said Stewart Marquina, a facilitator of the V Encuentro process at St. John Vianney Parish in Orlando. “An encounter is seeing Christ and then being Christ.” The Encuentro is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to discern ways in which the Church in the United States can better serve the Hispanic/Latino population. This V Encuentro specifically looks to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples. It is a four-year process that begins at the parish, then extends to the diocesan, regional and finally national levels…
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.
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Secretariat for Laity, Family, and Life