V Encuentro Is Right Around the Corner!

V Encuentro

A historic gathering of more than 3,000 Hispanic/Latino ministry leaders and delegates from across the country is about to take place (September 20–23, 2018) in Grapevine, TX: the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry known as V Encuentro. This gathering is a key moment in a four-year process of evangelization, mission, and consultation (under the auspices of the USCCB), designed to serve as a catalyst for developing ministries among Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. Delegates will be representing more than 165 dioceses that have held local diocesan V Encuentro gatherings, which involved nearly a quarter of a million people!

Our Church is blessed with incredible diversity, and we are privileged to be experiencing rapid growth in the presence of Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. Church. In fact:

  • Hispanics account for 71% of the growth of the Catholic population since 1960.
  • 40% of all Catholics in the U.S. have a Hispanic background.
  • Six out of ten Catholics under the age of 18 are of Hispanic background.
  • U.S.-born Hispanics make up two-thirds of the Hispanic population.
  • On average, parishes with Hispanic ministry have larger numbers of Catholics attending Mass compared to all parishes nationwide.
  • Almost half of students currently enrolled in U.S. lay ministry formation programs self-identify as Hispanic.
    (source: V Encuentro website)

We here at Loyola Press are proud to be serving as one of the Padrinos (Patrons)—organizations that have supported the V Encuentro process from its planning stages. I, personally, along with all of the contributors and staff that make up Catechist’s Journey, pledge solidarity with all those participating in this critically important gathering. May the Holy Spirit inspire the Church in the United States to fully embrace the myriad gifts that our Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters bring to the Body of Christ!

¡Bendiciones! (Blessings!)

About Joe Paprocki 2268 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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