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What is the well-known Quinto Encuentro – the Fifth Encuentro in the US? VIDEOS



The well-known Quinto Encuentro, or V Encuentro, is the fifth national gathering of the Catholic Church to deepen the Church's commitment in the field of the Hispanic ministry. Hispanic immigration to the US was and still is strong, and the Church wants to face the challenge to welcome them, to integrate them and to work together as one Church of Jesus Christ, by sharing, learning from each other and giving from the treasure that everyone possesses.

The idea is to go out to share the Gospel with everybody, especially with those who are in the outskirts, with the needy, as Pope Francis constantly challenges us.

Parish, diocesan, and regional meetings

There are different levels of the V Encuentro. The first semester 2017, will take place in the parishes of United States, with five small group meetings. The diocesan meetings will take place during the second semester. In 2018, the diocesan reports will proceed to regional meetings, in each of the 14 episcopal regions of the US.


  In the video, Joaquín Trejo, coordinator of the Episcopal  Region IV presents his input on V Encuentro and its impact on the mission of the American Church.


V Encuentro national event

The V Encuentro national event will take place in September, 20-23, 2018, with the participation of 3,000 leaders (aproximately 20 per diocese), in Gravevine, TX, (Dallas). Regional reports will be discussed, and a conclusive document will be published after the 2019 meeting.

What is the Parish Encuentro?

Regarding the Parish Encuentro, the official Parish Encuentro Planning Guide explains that it's about an opportunity to:
• Gather members of the distinct parish groups who participated in the five sessions and missionary activities to share what they experienced during the five weeks of reflection, discernment, consultation, and evangelization.
• Reflect together on the various social, cultural and pastoral realities experienced by Hispanics/Latinos in their parish and in the United States.
• Propose practical responses to specific needs and aspirations in a process of reflection and discernment.
• Make concrete commitments to advance the New Evangelization as a parish, small communities, lay ecclesial movements, and other groups. • Celebrate through our sharing, prayer, and in the Eucharist.


Bishop Mario Dorsonville, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington and Lead Bishop of the Episcopal Region IV encourages all Catholics to participate in the V Encuentro.


Who Is Invited to the Parish Encuentro?

The Parish Encuentro is a unique opportunity to express the beauty of being a community of faith. The gathering is open to all parishioners who are interested in witnessing the V Encuentro process. However, the main participants in the Parish Encuentro are those who participated in the V Encuentro five sessions and those who engaged in missionary activities.

Parishes are strongly encouraged to reach out and invite Hispanic/Latino youth and young adults. Encuentro Parish Teams are to make the best effort to create an environment in which young Hispanics/Latinos are welcomed and engaged as active participants during the Parish Encuentro.


A short video presents a quick look at the meaning of the V Encuentro and its importance for the Church in US.

Enrique Soros
Migrantes Hoy
CELAM, Latin American Bishops Council

Parish Encuentro Resources
Official site of V Encuentro
Summary of V Encuentro in Spanish
V Encuentro Facebook
Los videos de este artículo, en español





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