Witness of the Church: Missionary Discipleship

The V Encuentro process is taking place across the United States with participation in 165 Catholic dioceses—engaging over 1,000,000 Hispanic Catholics and ministry supporters. Its focus is to analyze the ways in which the Church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to live out their faith in accordance with the Gospel through prayer, evangelization and action.

The Southeast Regional V Encuentro leadership team, in partnership with CRS, organized to include advocacy as a missionary action for their regional gathering of over 350 Catholic Hispanic leaders from 30 dioceses in the region.

In connection with the ‘Share the Journey’ global migration campaign launched by Pope Francis in September 2017, and organized in the U.S. by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the leaders signed letters urging their Senators to work for a bipartisan, long-term legislative solution for those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and to address the root causes of poverty, migration and violence in regions such as Central America and the Caribbean by maintaining robust international development assistance in Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations.

Photos courtesy of Regional V Encuentro team