I write to you with a great sense of joy and gratitude. This Advent
season we have prepared in a special way to receive the Messiah. The
anticipation of the V Encuentro has led us to a very active waiting,
full of hope, joy, and a good dose of holy anxiety. As Pope Francis
recently said: "Hope is not still, it is always on the way."
During the last week of Advent, more than 125,000 V Encuentro Guides
were received in 154 dioceses throughout the country. Many viewed them
as early Christmas presents. Others were deeply moved and honored to be
part of such an important effort in the life of the Church in the years
ahead. Other V Encuentro materials such as the Journal for Mission and
Consultation, wristbands, and crosses will be available in mid to late
Undoubtedly, the V Encuentro is a movement of the Holy Spirit that is
full of joy and missionary hope. The V Encuentro’s promise of a renewal
of millions of people and thousands of parishes is generating a great
deal of enthusiasm. We give a thousand thanks and congratulate the
thousands of people who have prepared the way for the V Encuentro during
this past year. Members of ENAVE, ERAVE and EDAVE have played an
especially important role, as you will see in the articles included in
this newsletter. It is now up to Parish Teams, schools, and
organizations to launch the process of mission and consultation in their
local communities during the first half of 2017, with a true force of
missionary disciples witnessing the love and tenderness of God.
On behalf of the entire V Encuentro Team (ENAVE), we wish you a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year, full of blessings and abundant fruit in
the Vineyard of the Lord!
Director of the V Encuentro
Assistant Director for the Secretariat of
Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB
What is ENAVE?
A representative group of national Catholic organizations committed to
advancing the call to the V Encuentro Nacional Hispano/Latino de
New! Flow Chart for Parish Teams
the newly released Flow Chart for Forming and Training Parish Teams.
This PDF document is a great visual resource to help diocesan and parish
teams understand the steps at the parish/local level. Download and
print for your next training. It is available in English and Spanish in
the V Encuentro Resource page.
across the nations are receiving the V Encuentro Guide. Guides were
mailed to diocese that submitted the number of parishes participating in
the V Encuentro process by the November 30th deadline. The Guide was
designed and printed by Our Sunday Visitor.
Diocese of Green Bay
Trains Parish Leaders
The Diocese of Green Bay offered training
for their parish teams the pastoral center on December 18, 2016. The
training was offered to 34 parish leaders representing
Region 10 Gives Thanks
to Bishop Vásquez
regional team is grateful for Lead Bishop Joe S. Vásquez’ servant
leadership. They collected messages of thanks to share with the V
Region 10 met at the Mexican American Catholic College on November 11-13.
Our lead Bishop S.E.R Joe S. Vasquez attended the meeting and thanked
the regional team and all the dioceses for their work to form diocesan
teams. Members of the regional team were also invited to reflect on how
the process of the V Encuentro is coming to life in their dioceses. Read More
New!Event Submission Form
Diocesan, and Regional Chairs can now submit their V Encuentro events
via the Event Submission Form. Organizations, schools, and religious
communities can also submit their events. Only events related to the V
Encuentro can be submitted to our calendar.
Pope Francis's Message with Spanish Subtitles Now Available
A way forward on immigration A reflection by Archbishop Gómez
Read the reflection by USCCB Vice President Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles on immigration published by Catholic News Service. Read Article
Radical Disciples A monthly reflection by Joel Rodriguez
To end this year of mercy, many of us walked our daily lives of hope and we were transformed during this pilgrimage. Read More
V Encuentro Music
As part of Oregon
Catholic Press’ (OCP) continued commitment to the V Encuentro process,
they are pleased to provide a variety of resources to encourage
participation in Catholic communities across the United States. Order today!
CRS Rice Bowl
CRS Rice Bowl is your tool and best practice for the formation of families and faith communities inglobal solidarity! This Lent,join Catholic Relief Services as we encounter ourselves, our neighbor and our God. Learn more
Webinar: Introduction to Teamwork
This pre-recorded webinar is offered daily at various times throughout the day to accommodate your busy schedule. Visit our website to register.
ERAVE Monthly Meeting, January 11, 2107, 2:00 PM ET, Conference Call VELT Monthly Meeting, January 12, 2017, 1:00 PM ET, Conference Call ENAVE/ERAVE Meeting,February 26-28, 2017, Anaheim or Los Angeles, CA ENAVE/ERAVE Meeting, June 29-July 1, 2017, Orlando, Florida Convocation of Catholic Leaders,July 1-4, 2017, Orlando, Florida