The official results from the consultation process of the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.
Early Fruits of the V Encuentro Process
Without a doubt, the V Encuentro consultation and missionary activities have empowered our Catholic faithful to reach out with love and compassion to neighbors in need, and to stretch their capacity for leadership, organization, and the use of technology to extend the mission of the Church. It has not always been easy, but the benefits are hard to miss:
- There is an increased awareness of the presence and needs of Hispanic Catholics among the clergy and diocesan staff.
- Dioceses are seeing major improvements in the attitudes and concern for Hispanic Catholics, starting with greater engagement from the Bishop.
- New pastoral initiatives are evolving and there is greater collaboration with other diocesan offices, especially Catechesis/Evangelization and Youth & Young Adult Ministry.
As one leader in the Diocese of Jefferson City so eloquently put it,
“People who were alienated from the parish have come closer. People who have never led a group, now feel a desire to share their gifts. The communities and leaders with more experience are realizing that there is great potential in individuals who they have never considered or really seen before.” Glory to God!