Notre Dame to host national “Encuentro” for Hispanic Catholic youths

Author: Shannon Chapla


More than 2,000 young adults, bishops, diocesan coordinators and parish leaders from across the country will gather for the firstNational Encuentro for Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministryfrom Thursday to Sunday (June 8 to 11) in theJoyceCenterat the University of Notre Dame.

ThemedWeaving the Future Together,the event, which calls Hispanic young adults to a more active participation in the life and mission of the Catholic Church, is the culmination of parish, diocesan and regional __ meetings held in several cities includingChicago,Grand Rapids,MilwaukeeandLos Angeles.

Keynote speakers will include Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga ofTegucigalpa,Honduras; Auxiliary Bishop Jaime Soto ofOrange County,Calif.; and Sr. Maria Elena Gonzalez, R.S.M., of theMexicanAmericanCulturalCenterinSan Antonio.

Participants from 126 dioceses will attend, including 20U.S.bishops. Bishop Adalberto Martínez ofSan Lorenzo,Paraguay, and Rev. Gustavo Monje ofBogota,Colombia, will lead a delegation fromLatin Americaand speak about how immigration impacts pastoral ministry.Also planning to attend is a group of young immigrants fromMexico,Guatemala,El Salvador,Cuba,ColombiaandPeru.

Since 1972, theU.S.bishops have convened four national gatherings (encuentros) of pastoral leaders involved in Hispanic ministry.This encuentro focuses on the needs, aspirations and contributions of Hispanic young adults with the goal of developing a common vision and pastoral principles that will be presented to theU.S.bishops.

The event, which will be facilitated in both English and Spanish, is convened by The National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La Red), a network of church-based organizations and pastoral ministers.Co-sponsoring the event with Notre Dame are the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops(USCCB) Committee on Hispanic Affairs and the USCCB Sub-committee on Youth and Young Adults.

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