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Hispanic Encuentro For Formation, Leadership And Response

Our diocesan encuentro process aims to listen, learn, and respond to the pastoral needs of Hispanic Catholics in the areas of formation, youth and social justice. In response to the constantly changing face of our Church in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, we launched an encuentro process to listen, learn, and respond to the pastoral needs of Hispanic Catholics in our diocese. To do this, we began by training our Hispanic Assembly which includes representatives from over 35 parishes and from a variety of ministries and organizations, from youth and young adult ministry, to Legion of Mary, to Talleres de Oración y Vida (Prayer and Life Workshops), to Schools of Evangelization and more. These newly trained leaders will bring back to their parishes the materials and tools to replicate the encuentro process in their parishes and to help their faith communities as they reflect on their successes, challenges, and recommendations in the areas of formation, youth, and social justice. In the area of social justice, we hope that this process will serve to provide information that will help us strengthen social justice programs, strengthen the Hispanic Catholic voice in the political process, and promote the participation of undocumented persons in the life of the parish and society. Through our encuentro process, we are walking together, training leaders to be missionary disciples, and investing in the future of our Church.