Archdiocese to host regional gathering of Hispanic Catholic leaders June 2-3 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

May 30, 2018
Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron will join bishops, clergy, and faithful from throughout Michigan and Ohio for the regional V (Fifth) Encuentro gathering June 2 and 3 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, located at 2701 Chicago Blvd in Detroit.

Regional V Encuentro, a gathering of Catholics seeking to discern ways in which the Church can better respond to the needs of the Hispanic and Latino faithful.

WHO: Bishops, clergy, and more than 250 delegates from 10 dioceses in Michigan and Ohio, plus the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, including 9 a.m. Saturday opening liturgy by Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Arturo Cepeda, and 2 p.m. Sunday closing Mass by Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron.


Sacred Heart Major Seminary

2701 Chicago Blvd

Detroit, MI 48206


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ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The regional V Encuentro is part of a four-year process initiated by the bishops of the United States, to discern ways in which the Church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic and Latino presence, and to strengthen ways in which Hispanics and Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire Church. More than 250 delegates from 10 dioceses in Michigan and Ohio, plus the Archdiocese of Detroit, will build upon topics discussed at previous diocesan-level gatherings, including one held Dec. 9 in Detroit. Later, a selection of delegates will bring the results of this weekend’s discussions to the V National Encuentro Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine, Texas.

The first Encuentro was held in 1972, followed by additional gatherings in 1977, 1985, 2000, and 2018.

“With the V Encuentro, the Church has a great opportunity to awaken the leadership we have within our Latino youth and families so that they can better respond to their calling of being missionary disciples in a multicultural environment,” said Veronica Rodriguez, Chair of V Encuentro for Region VI, which covers Michigan and Ohio.
Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Arturo Cepeda, who serves as national co-chair of V Encuentro, welcomed the regional meeting to southeast Michigan.
 “The fact that the regional V Encuentro is taking place in Detroit, one of the largest and most active Catholic Hispanic communities in the country, is a blessing,” he said. “The work we will do together will not only energize us in our faith, but it will also help us create new leadership opportunities for Hispanics in our Church and meet many of the cultural and political challenges we face today.”
The conference in Detroit begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 2 with an opening liturgy celebrated by Bishop Cepeda, followed by welcoming remarks by Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Donald Hanchon. Delegates will proceed into breakout sessions and evangelization workshops to explore a variety of topics through the lens of Hispanic and Latino spirituality, including immigration, intercultural capabilities, youth ministry, and pro-life values. Archbishop Vigneron will celebrate the closing Mass at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3 at in the Sacred Heart Major Seminary chapel.