The V Encuentro is a four-year process that begins with conversations at the parish level (currently going on throughout the country; in English the word means meeting or encounter) and, after flowing through the diocesan and regional levels, culminates on a national stage in 2018.
Once the conversations and deliberations have ended, following next year’s national Encuentro in Dallas, the Pastoral de Conjunto — a group of 10 national organizations involved in Hispanic ministry — will be the ones to “take charge and make sure that whatever plans that come out of [the V Encuentro] are promoted, supported, sponsored and carried out,” said Elisabeth Román, president of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry.
Their gathering in Cullman, Alabama, held March 20-22, therefore, had to tackle important organizational questions surrounding the progress of the ambitious goals. The V Encuentro intends to involve 1 million Latino Catholics directly, touch another 7 million Catholics indirectly, and inspire 20,000 new Hispanic leaders to inherit the ministry.
“We needed to talk about where we are in this process and what we want to get out of it, because this is a process to listen to the voices of the Hispanic church,” Román said. [More]