Catholics across the country are preparing for the V Encuentro (“fifth encounter”), a national process of discerning ways in which the church in the United States can better respond to the growing Hispanic/Latino presence.
Up to 60 people from St. Leonard’s participated in gatherings during Lent as part of the local V Encuentro process forming two groups, one for Spanish speakers and one for English speakers.
Ministry leaders from more than 40 parishes, religious communities and other Catholic organizations attended Leadership Day April 27 in St. Joseph, where they participated in an interactive presentation on “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers.”
The USCCB’s assistant director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, will speak on the theme “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers” at Leadership Day April 27 in St. Joseph. The day is designed for both lay and ordained ministry leaders from around the Diocese of St. Cloud.
St. Joseph in Waite Park and St. Michael in St. Cloud held their first Encuentro session, and began the four-year process, parishes are hosting meetings that offer a scriptural basis for engaging with their neighbors.