The V Encuentro is a process of consultation, reflection and evangelization taking place throughout the dioceses of the United States. It invites all Catholics to rediscover their missionary identity to be evangelizers – to bring the joy of the Gospel to all the corners of the world. The V Encuentro process is a great opportunity not only to get to know the encyclical “The Joy of the Gospel”, but it also encourages all participants to listen to the call of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to go out to the peripheries and reach out to every man and woman that for one reason or another has been forgotten or left out of the joy of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
This V Encuentro process is taking place in several parishes with Hispanic ministry throughout the Diocese of Winona. Some of those parishes that have already begun this process are St. Francis of Assisi in Rochester, Queen of Angels in Austin, Sacred Heart in Owatonna, St. James in St. James, St. Francis Xavier in Windom, St. Mary in Madelia, Sts. Peter and Paul in Mankato, St. Mary’s in Worthington and St. Charles Borromeo in St. Charles. Other parishes are about to start the V Encuentro process in the coming days.
The most important part of this process are the five meetings/sessions that take place at the local level: the parishes. These five sessions help the participants understand and embrace the call to be missionaries. The next step in this process is the Diocesan Encuentro which will take place on October 15th in the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. For more information, please call Fr. Raul Silva, Vicar for Hispanic Ministry and Pastor of Queen of Angels Parish in Austin, at 507-433-1888 (Ext. 2). There is also more information at vencuentro.org