This is a historic moment for Hispanic Catholics.
They are a growing force in our Church – 38 percent of Catholics in the country are Hispanic – not to mention in the Diocese of San Diego, where they are 63 percent. What’s more, 55 percent of all Catholics in the country under age 30, the so-called Millennial Generation, being Hispanic.
A process began in January called the V National Encuentro for Hispanic/Latino Ministry in San Diego and across the country. “Encuentro” means “encounter” in Spanish. The V Encuentro is a five-session, bilingual process of reflection, consultation and action among Hispanic faithful in parishes, movements and other Catholic organizations. The information gleaned is later shared, discussed and fine-tuned in Encuentros at diocesan, regional and national levels.
The V Encuentro is a priority initiative of the U.S. Catholic Church.