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Hispanic Catholic leaders from the three counties of the archdiocese light candles and pass the light to share the light of Christ as a symbol during a meeting about the V Encuentro at the University of San Francisco on Sept. 17.

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V Encuentro: Hispanic/Latino leaders in archdiocese prepare for 4-year evangelization project
September 26th, 2016
By Lorena Rojas

Pastoral leaders of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties gathered at the University of San Francisco on Sept. 17 to discuss the V Encuentro – the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry in the U.S. Catholic Church that will take place in 2020.

The leaders received preparation on the documents of the V Encuentro, which will arrive in parishes at the beginning of 2017. With the given information and workbooks, the leaders will be able to manage the process in their parishes, pastoral movements, schools, universities and other Catholic organizations.

The event was coordinated and led by Jesuit Father Arturo Araujo and Cecilia Arias-Rivas, both members of the Committee Pro V Encuentro of the archdiocese.

“The V Encuentro is a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action that invites all Catholics in the United States to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development and identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the new evangelization,” according to the V Encuentro website.

The process has been proposed as a priority of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Strategic Plan for 2017-2020.

“It starts at the grass-roots level and calls for the development of resources and initiatives to better serve the fast-growing Hispanic population in dioceses, parishes, ecclesial movements, and other Catholic organizations and institutions in light of its theme: Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love,” the website states.

The process of Encuentro has been the catalyst for developing ministries among Hispanics/Latinos during the past 50 years. “Each of the previous Encuentros has been a watershed experience that has significantly changed the way in which the church responds to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and the way in which Hispanics/Latinos respond as church,” according to the website.

The I Encuentro in 1972 led to the creation of the Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs,

The V National Pastoral Encounter Hispanic/Latino is a process of reflection and action of the church that will take place over four years starting in 2017, and by which the church invites all Hispanic/Latino Catholics in the U.S. to participate through their parish groups.

The project was created as a priority to help Hispanic/Latino Catholics reinforce their missionary activities as well to “discern the way in which the church responds to the presence of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, and strengthen the way in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the church.”

This initiative also will help in leadership development and in creating a more standard method for the new evangelization.

In the archdiocese, the preparation of pastoral leaders began early, with informational meetings in Half Moon Bay, at the pastoral center in San Francisco and at USF. Parish representatives from throughout the three counties attended.

The leaders and others who will join the project will take the information provided to their parishes, to diocesan and regional meetings and eventually to the national event in 2020.

Nationally, the V Encuentro includes 1 million pastoral leaders, 175 dioceses, 14 episcopal regions, 13 lay movements, 42 organizations and 5,000 parishes.

From September 29, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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