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Hispanic/Latino Affairs

"We, the bishops of the United States, have heard the voices of Hispanic leaders - both laity and clergy. We especially affirm those pastoral efforts of Hispanic ministry that promote the general objective and the specific dimensions of the 1987 National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry ("National Pastoral Plan" or "Pastoral Plan"). This pastoral statement, Encuentro and Mission: A Renewed Pastoral Framework for Hispanic Ministry, is addressed to all Catholics, but particularly to pastoral leaders involved in ministry among Hispanics…"

News Update from the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs (SCHA)

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Check out the V Encuentro webpage for information.




Lent 2019

Lenten blessings to all of you!

It is a source of great satisfaction to know that the V Encuentro process continues to bear fruit. Some dioceses such as Yakima, Springfield, and Philadelphia are conducting the 5 mission and consultation sessions. While the Archdioceses of Seattle and Newark are using adapted or new sessions to follow the missionary process that has transformed so many people and parishes. There are also many and varied initiatives and projects that have been developed in dioceses and parishes throughout the country.

On a national level, I share the following great news:

The V Encuentro is contributing to the entire Church the resource Creating a Culture of Encounter. This missionary guide is an adaptation of the five sessions of the V Encuentro and will be available at the end of April.

Thanks to the V Encuentro process and the talent and dedication of Ken Johnson-Mondragón, the Church now has a methodology for more accurately counting the number of Hispanics / Latinos, or any other group, in dioceses. This population information by diocese will be available very soon on the V Encuentro website.

The draft of the Proceedings and Conclusions of the V Encuentro will be available for consultation at the beginning of April. This will allow for the preparation of regional in-services to soon begin. The final document will be published by the end of September, once it is approved by the USCCB Administrative Committee.

As always, we are available to answer any questions you may have and receive your news and ideas.

We continue making history!

Mr. Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, Assistant Director, Hispanc Affairs and V National Enceuntro Coordinator 

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The Subcommittee Mandate


The Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs is under the direction of and assists the Committee on Cultural Diversity within the Church by working collaboratively with the committee and other USCCB committees to affirm the gifts and contributions of Hispanic Catholics and to provide more opportunities for Hispanic Catholics to engage in the life of the Church and help shape its evangelization mission.This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:The Subcommittee is directly responsible for outreach to Hispanic communities and to work closely with the subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.

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