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The USCCB’s Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs and the Committee on Cultural Diversity approved the convening of the Church the V National Encuentro for Ministry among Hispanics/Latinos during their June 2013 meetings. Such a decision is of great importance for the future development of Hispanic/Latino ministry and the entire Church in the United States.
The V Encuentro is a three-year process of pastoral-theological reflection culminating in a national event, followed by one-year of training and implementation. The process incudes a broad consultation on the needs, aspirations and contributions of Hispanic/Latinos, and the pastoral actions needed to address them. The outcome of the consultation is articulated through the celebration of encuentros at the parish, diocesan, regional and national level.
The V Encuentro finds an unprecedented number of parishes serving Hispanics/Latinos and the proliferation of lay ecclesial movements, both vitalized by thousands of Hispanic/Latino lay-ecclesial ministers. It also finds record numbers of Hispanics/Latinos engaged in formation programs, and a growing number of national Hispanic/Latino Catholic organizations. However, such growth falls short of fully addressing the demands of the ever-growing Hispanic/Latino population, soon to be the majority group among Catholics in the United States.
The Subcommittee has formed a national team to accompany the development and implementation of the V Encuentro process under the name: Equipo Nacional de Acompañamiento para el V Encuentro (ENAVE). This team is representative of the various national Hispanic Catholic organizations and... more
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This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:
The Subcommittee is directly responsible for outreach to Hispanic communities and to work closely with the subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.
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