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Looking Forward to the Future with Confidence


Highlights from Encuentro and Mission

Ongoing Development of Hispanic Ministry

As a responsibility of the entire Church, Hispanic ministry calls for the strongest pastoral response from every U.S. diocese and parish where Hispanic Catholics live.

This important ministry also calls for an equally strong pastoral response on the part of all Catholic institutions and organizations.

The following suggested actions are the fruit of a consultation process guided by the historical memory of Hispanic ministry and by the values and principles of Encuentro 2000: Many faces in God’s house.


Pastoral Dimensions of Hispanic Ministry in Light of the New Evangelization

Pastoral de Conjunto

Missionary Option

Liturgy & Prayer Life



New Evangelization and Formation

  • Commit to the academic and professional development of Hispanics
  • Foster an integral leadership formation model
  • Establish solid and accessible faith formation programs
  • Make the formation of young Hispanics, especially young adult Hispanics, an urgent priority


New Evangelization and Missionary Option


  • Renew the Church’s commitment to reach out to inactive Catholics
  • Develop ministry models that serve young people, women, men, and families
  • Promote active participation in civic life and advocacy efforts
  • Intensify social ministry


New Evangelization and Pastoral de Conjunto


  • Develop a common vision and mission for Hispanic ministry
  • Strengthen the structures for Hispanic ministry
  • Develop a strategy for pastoral de conjunto (communion in mission)
  • Foster the development of Hispanic ministry leaders


New Evangelization and Liturgy & Prayer Life


  • Increase participation in the liturgical life of the Church
  • Make God’s saving grace more visible in the lives of the faithful
  • Intensify the formation of liturgical ministers
  • Create opportunities for all the faithful to celebrate together in different settings (popular piety)




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