Region 14 - Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Bishop Felipe Estévez
V Encuentro Lead Bishop
Southeast Pastoral Institute
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 CarolinaUpdated 12.26.18
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