V National Encuentro
The Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry (V Encuentro) is a historic ecclesial gathering of 3,000 Hispanic/Latino Ministry leaders/delegates from dioceses, ecclesial movements, schools, universities and Catholic organizations from across the country.
Event Will Start In
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Joseph William Cardinal Tobin
Bishop Oscar Cantú
Bishop Daniel Flores
Bishop Arturo Cepeda
Sr. Ana María Pineda, RSM, STD
Presiders and Homilists
Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Blasé Cardinal Cupich
Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller
Archbishop José H. Gomez
Archbishop Wilton Gregory
Archbishop William E. Lori
Bishop Gerald Barnes
Bishop Michael Olson
Bishop Nelson Pérez
MC’s and Facilitators
Dr. Hosffman Ospino
Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ
José & Digna Ramirez López
Edith Ávila Olea
Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR
Juan Pablo Padilla
Young Adult Encounter Hosts
Bishop Frank Caggiano
Bishop Alberto Rojas
The Gaylord Texan Resort
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone: (817) 778-1000
The official host hotel for the V National Encuentro is the Gaylord Texan Resort. It is situated on 125 acres at the southern tip of Lake Grapevine, six minutes from DFW International Airport and centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth in the heart of Texas wine country. It is close to other area attractions, such as: Six Flags Over Texas, Lone Star Park, Texas Motor Speedway, Globe Life Park in Arlington, AT&T Stadium and the Fort Worth Stockyards. Other attractions include nearby shopping at Grapevine Mills Mall, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and historic downtown Grapevine. The Gaylord Hotel & Resort is connected via bridge to the Convention Center. To view a quick facts sheets about the Gaylord, please click here!
The V National Encuentro has negotiated a hotel rate of $175 per night plus tax (currently 13%; estimated $197.75 per night) valid for stay from September 20-23, 2018 and includes taxes and resort fee. This rate is inclusive of the resort fee. Hotels have occupancy for up to four people per room. King rooms and Queen/Queen rooms are available in the group block with the possibility of adding a cot bed. Queen/Queen rooms are limited, it is recommended that you register early.
Dioceses will receive information to make reservations for their delegation. The V National Encuentro does not contract with any third party companies to coordinate hotel reservations. If you receive a call or email offering to assist you with hotel reservations, it is fraudulent and should be ignored. The only way to set up your hotel reservations at the Gaylord Texan Resort is through the information provided to dioceses.
No transportation will be provided to and from the Gaylord and the airport or surrounding hotels. There is a Grapevine Shuttle that provides transportation to overflow hotels, restaurants, and shopping areas. It also connects to the Grand Hyatt DFW located in Terminal D of the Dallas Forth Worth Airport, Day passes are $5 per person. Click here for more information. Super Shuttle provides transport from DFW to the Gaylord for $10 pp in a shared van or $23 per person for a direct ride with no stops. Visit the website for more information.
Deadline to secure lodging is August 28, 2018, by 5:00 pm, Central Daylight Time (CDT).
For questions regarding hotel accommodations contact Oscar Carranza.
Dioceses and organizations will register members of their delegations. Individuals will not be able to register separately. This is an invitation-only event for delegates and participants 18 years and older. **Registration information was sent via email to Diocesan Chairs or appropriate representatives.
For registration process questions, email: Oscar Carranza
For delegate numbers, email: Ken Johnson-Mondragón
Other questions, email: Patty Jiménez
Early Bird Registration
February 20, 2018 – June 22, 2018 (Extended!!)
June 23, 2018 – July 15, 2018
A number of foundations and organizations are providing a limited number of scholarships to dioceses needing financial assistance for their diocesan delegation to participate in the V National Encuentro. Scholarships are offered for registration costs only and are sent as reimbursements. All dioceses wishing to request scholarship assistance, must register their delegates, complete the application and send to Brian Salamanca by June 30, 2018. Extended!! Those that submit by the original deadline of April 30th will receive notification of awards the first week of May. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis.
- The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is offering assistance on an “as needed” basis to help leaders who otherwise might not be able to participate. Consistent with the mission of CCHD, the funds to be provided should assist those of limited economic means or from otherwise marginalized communities.
- Education and Outreach, USCCB Justice, Peace and Human Development will offer a limited number of scholarships covering the registration fee to lay leaders or emerging leaders active in diocesan or parish peace and justice ministry. First come, first serve;
- Catholic Home Missions (CHM) is offering assistance to dioceses currently receiving its pastoral grant funding. CHM staff will contact directly those dioceses eligible for its support to assist representatives from these dioceses to attend the V National Encuentro. Scholarships granted by CHM will be taken care of directly by Home Missions Office.
Other organizations will also be approached. Once this application is submitted, your applicants will be considered as new funds become available. Other sources may require a separate application. Please don’t delay in considering your own local sources. You may want to consider inviting leaders from your local Catholic hospital, Catholic college, fraternal Catholic organizations or the business community and ask them to also sponsor the costs of additional members of your own diocesan delegation.
What is the inspiration for the V National Encuentro?
A priority activity of the USCCB’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020, the V Encuentro is a four-year process of evangelization, mission and consultation under the theme Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The process of Encuentro has been the catalyst for developing ministries among Hispanics/Latinos during the past fifty years.
What are the costs to delegations?
Each diocese will be responsible for covering the travel, registration, and lodging costs for members of their delegation.
- The per-person registration fee is $400. Late registration fees increase to $450 on May 1, 2018. Registration open February 20, 2018. Fees include lunches and dinners, except for Friday evening. Breakfast is on your own.
- A hotel rate of $175 per night plus tax (currently 13%; estimated $197.75 per night) has been negotiated and includes taxes and resort fee. Hotel rooms provide King rooms and Queen/Queen rooms with the possibility of adding a cot bed. Queen/Queen rooms are limited, register early.
- A limited number of scholarships will be available to reimburse costs to dioceses in need of financial support. Information to apply for scholarship support will soon be available. The V Encuentro continues to actively seek funding in support of registration scholarships.
How can I lower the costs for my delegation?
Delegations can cut costs by applying for registration scholarships, encouraging delegates to consider sharing a room with a colleague, and traveling by bus instead of airplane when feasible. Small delegations can also charter a bus together with neighboring dioceses.
Who will be attending?
The delegates representing more than 165 dioceses were selected among nearly 250,000 people that participated in the local process over the past year. Over 100 bishops are expected to lead diocesan delegations. This is an invitation-only event.
Others will be attending as key organizational leaders of Catholic organizations, apostolates, missions, congregations, institutions, and agencies as identified by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the V National Encuentro Planning Team.
Is there any way to participate if someone is not invited to attend the V National Encuentro?
Important keynote addresses, plenary sessions and liturgies will be viewable online and some will be broadcast live via EWTN. Live-stream opportunities will also offer ways for all V Encuentro Missionary disciples and others to participate and engage with the V National Encuentro. Post the V National Encuentro, reporting of the proceedings and final articulation of the conclusions of the V National Encuentro will be shared at regional, diocesan, and parish levels for pastoral planning purposes and implementation.
What is the V Encuentro?
Pope Francis’ Message for the V Encuentro
What we have seen and heard during the process
Credentialed media will have access to the V Encuentro main plenary hall during the dates of Sept 20-23. Media will not have access to the V Encuentro’s individual breakout sessions. All credentialed media are required to abide by regulations of the hotel or risk losing their credentials.
Reporters seeking to cover the V Encuentro must fill out and submit the following media credential application found here in English and Spanish. A media center will also be available on-site for journalists. Main stage events of the Encuentro will also be livestreamed on www.usccb.org.
The deadline for submitting the press credential application form is September 13, 2018.
Media inquiries and interview requests in advance of the event, can be arranged by contacting Judy Keane or Miguel Guilarte or by contacting USCCB media relations at email@example.com
What Media are Saying
Representatives of many of the 15 dioceses in Region XI (formed by California, Nevada and Hawaii) processed with symbols of each diocese at the beginning of the Regional Encuentro in Visalia, Ca. #VEncuentro #regionxi @XIrecoss #recossencuentro pic.twitter.com/sQEQscY1Uy — Maria-Pia N. Chin (@MariaPiaChin) April 28, 2018
Region X Encuentro, which is being held in San Antonio this weekend. More than 800 delegates and 18 bishops from the dioceses of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas are attending the event. #VEncuentroR10 #VEncuentro #RegionXEncuentro #iamTodaysCatholic pic.twitter.com/Uv5XkCJR0J — Today’s Catholic (@satodaycatholic) April 14, 2018
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All organizations/companies wanting to exhibit at the V National Encuentro must submit an exhibitor application for approval. To learn more about exhibiting and to apply, please click here.
10’ x 10’ in line Booth
- $850 - Regular Registration (April 18 - July 27, 2018)
10’ x 10’ Corner Booth
- $1050 - Regular Registration (April 18 - July 27, 2018)
Information Only Booth
- $600 - Regular Registration (April 18 - July 27, 2018)