Region 14 - Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

Bishop Felipe Estévez

Diocese of St. Augustine

V Encuentro Lead Bishop

Southeast Pastoral Institute

Miami, FL

Anchoring Institution

Angelica Viviana Iglesias

CRS Relationship Manager, U.S. Southeast Region.
Episcopal Regional Chairperson

Geography

Region XIV includes the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; the Archdioceses of Atlanta and Miami; and the Dioceses of Charleston, Charlotte, Orlando, Palm Beach, Pensacola-Tallahassee, Raleigh, Savannah, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, and Venice.

Pastoral Profile of Region XIV in Hispanic / Latino Ministry

Diocesan personnel dedicated to Hispanic ministry in the Region:*
  • In offices of Hispanic Ministry:† 12
  • Responsible for Pastoral Juvenil Hispana: 3
  • In ethnic/multicultural or other specialized offices: 4
  • Office personnel assisting these leaders: 6
Estimated Hispanic Catholic population:
  • 2,160,000 immigrant Hispanic Catholics
  • 1,277,000 Hispanic Catholics born in the U.S.
  • 44% of the Catholics in the Region are Hispanic / Latino
Parishes with Hispanic / Latino Ministry: 570

Masses in Spanish

  • Weekly Masses: 911
  • Once-a-month Masses: 15
  • Average attendance per Mass: 359 (9.7% of all Hispanic Catholics)
Among Catholic children from 0 to 17 years old:
  • 47% are Hispanics / Latinos born in the U.S.
  • 8% are immigrant Hispanics / Latinos
  • In K-8 Catholic schools, 28.5% are Hispanics / Latinos
  • In Catholic high schools, 33.8% are Hispanics / Latinos
Hispanic / Latino ecclesial ministers serving in the Region:
  • Immigrant priests: 312
  • U.S.-born priests: 51
  • Religious sisters and brothers: 184
  • Deacons: 237
  • Lay ecclesial ministers: 661
The V Encuentro in Region XIV
  • Sent 209 delegates to the National Encuentro, including 3 ENAVE/ERAVE and 9 bishops.
  • The Regional Encuentro was celebrated with 188 delegates and 10 bishops.
  • 12 Diocesan Encuentros were celebrated, with total attendance of 4,185.
  • 181 parishes / organizations conducted the five sessions and 105 held a Parish Encuentro.
  • 1,764 leaders from 267 parishes received training for the V Encuentro in 56 trainings.

 

Main areas of new outreach in parishes through the V Encuentro:

 

  • Hispanic / Latino young adults
  • People living in housing projects
  • Migrants and campesinos in rural areas

 

* The Archdiocese of Miami does not have an office for Hispanic Ministry or other ethnic groups, but all offices are expected to serve Hispanics.
† May include personnel in other offices when their responsibility is for the Latino community, such as the Director of Hispanic Catechesis.

 

The Process Has Led to a Greater Commitment of Leaders

Episcopal Region XIV is thankful to God for the VEncuentro process in a moment in which there is a growing number of bilingual Latinos, especially young adults, who are gradually being incorporated into parish, diocesan, and regional leadership. The process has strengthened communion in pastoral ministry (“Pastoral de Conjunto”) in the Southeast, with a greater commitment of leaders and the consolidation of the evangelization, communion, and formation efforts of its Regional Office (SEPI).

New leaders, ministries and programs have emerged, especially in pastoral juvenil,Hispanic family life, and pastoral care of the elderly, listening to their voices and strengthening ecclesial identity, communion, and sinodality. There is an increased commitment of the Hispanic community to global solidarity, advocacy for human rights, immigrants and their family unity, and pastoral attention to those in the peripheries, both local and global.

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Region 14: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina

Updated 12.26.18
Diocese
Participating in V Encuentro
Held Diocesan Encuentro
Submitted Final Report
Provided Requested Data
# of Delegates, includ. Bishop(s)
Registered
Completed Evaluations
Statistical Report
Region 14 Totals
12
12
12
12
216
209
133
English
Spanish
Atlanta
X
X
X
X
28
26
15
English
Spanish
Charleston
X
X
X
X
6
6
1
English
Spanish
Charlotte
X
X
X
X
13
12
7
English
Spanish
Miami
X
X
X
X
43
43
29
English
Spanish
Orlando
X
X
X
X
27
24
18
English
Spanish
Palm Beach
X
X
X
X
15
15
11
English
Spanish
Pensacola-Tallahassee
X
X
X
X
4
4
2
English
Spanish
Raleigh
X
X
X
X
5
4
3
English
Spanish
Savannah
X
X
X
X
10
10
3
English
Spanish
St. Augustine
X
X
X
X
20
20
14
English
Spanish
St. Petersburg
X
X
X
X
26
26
20
English
Spanish
Venice
X
X
X
X
19
19
10
English
Spanish

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