The role of young leaders in the region, how to include children and young Hispanics in the process of evangelization, and the importance of retaining cultural roots were among the topics discussed during the regional meeting “On Way Towards the Fifth Encuentro”. Leaders that make up the Northwest Regional Office for Hispanic Affairs met on July 17 and 18 at the offices of Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) to discuss issues that are fundamental to the Fifth Encuentro. The conference focused on the participation of Hispanic Catholics and their leadership role in the Church in the United States.
On June 9, 2013, in San Diego, California, the subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs summoned the leadership of Hispanic/Latino ministry to enter once more in the process of the Encuentro. The convocation came in the context of the New Evangelization and emphasizes the importance of involving Hispanic immigrant youth as well as second and third generations. Bishops Arturo Cepeda, Gerald Barnes, Nelson Perez and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, were elected directly by the Subcommittee to accompany the process of the Encuentro.
Thus, the Fifth Encuentro sets a process to reach out to those in the peripheries, who are saddened, live in poverty and need compassionate support in light of the practice of Jesus presented in the Gospels and following the call of Pope Francis to go out with joy and hope to the peripheries.
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