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National V Encuentro staffer: Hospitality among highlights of St. Cloud event

Patricia Jimenez, communications coordinator for the National V Encuentro, has traveled to five diocesan Encuentro events around the country and attended the Sept. 24 event in St. Cloud. Read more.

 


Bishop Caggiano: Encounter means to ‘fall in love with Jesus’

Keynote speaker, Bishop Frank Caggiano, challenge to the more than 800 people who gathered for Diocesan Ministry Day: to dedicate themselves to the work of missionary discipleship. Read more.

 


Bishop Caggiano’s nine cardinal rules for ministry with youth and young adults

In a morning breakout session, Bishop Frank Caggiano shared these nine rules or, more aptly, life lessons he said he has learned in working with youth and young adults. Read more.

 


Workshop next step in gathering information for diocesan planning

Bishop Donald Kettler and members of the Diocesan Planning Council held a workshop Sept. 25 at Diocesan Ministry Day as part of the ongoing process to determine what actions to take in light of an expected decline in the number of active priests between 2020 and 2030. Read more.


Reflections on Diocesan V Encuentro, Diocesan Ministry Day

 Over 400 people gathered Sept. 24 in St. Cloud to participate in the diocesan V Encuentro (“fifth encounter”), a national process of discerning ways in which the church in the United States can better respond to the growing Hispanic/Latino presence. Read more.

 



DMD workshop seeks input for future of parishes, priests

A series of three meetings for priests across the diocese was held this summer to discuss the future of the 131 parishes within the boundaries of the St. Cloud Diocese. And now the bishop is looking for input from the laity. Read more.

 


‘Prayer for Peace’ concert set for Sept. 24

Rudolfo López and Jaime Cortez will lead “Prayer for Peace,” a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Glen Carlson Room of the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Read more.

 


Keynoter hopes to help ‘unleash’ power of youth, young adults

Bishop Caggiano to shed some light on his work with youth and young adults and discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead. Read more.

 


Dialogue event planned for youth

Youth from around the diocese are invited to participate in a social gathering Sept. 6 to engage in round-table discussions about missionary discipleship. Read more.

 


Preparing for V Encuentro – A snapshot of Hispanic/Latino ministry in the Diocese of St. Cloud

Catholics across the country are preparing for the V Encuentro (“fifth encounter”), a national process of discerning ways in which the church in the United States can better respond to the growing Hispanic/Latino presence. Read more.


Encuentro connections lead to bilingual Mass, graduation celebration

Up to 60 people from St. Leonard’s participated in gatherings during Lent as part of the local V Encuentro process forming two groups, one for Spanish speakers and one for English speakers. Read more.


Mission Rally shares stories of hidden neighbors in need

The event focused on the theme “Encountering those on the Margins.” Read more.

 

 



Little Falls-area parishioners visit, pray with Mexican farmworkers

The parishes of Little Falls and Belle Prairie learned to stay connected and make the effort to be welcoming and open with the Hispanic families in the area. Read more.

 


 Parishes called to find ‘unity in diversity,’ speaker says

Ministry leaders from more than 40 parishes, religious communities and other Catholic organizations attended Leadership Day April 27 in St. Joseph, where they participated in an interactive presentation on “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers.” Read more.

 


National speaker will highlight unity, diversity at Leadership Day

The USCCB’s assistant director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, will speak on the theme “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers” at Leadership Day April 27 in St. Joseph. The day is designed for both lay and ordained ministry leaders from around the Diocese of St. Cloud. Read more.

 


Family life, discipleship will be workshop topics for author, blogger at Diocesan Ministry Day

Laura Kelly Fanucci will be a first-time presenter at two workshops during the event, which will be held Sept. 25 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, sharing ideas she has gleaned through her writing and her experiences of family life. Read more.

 


 

Parishes’ Encuentro gathering fosters understanding

St. Joseph in Waite Park and St. Michael in St. Cloud held their first Encuentro session, and began the four-year process, parishes are hosting meetings that offer a scriptural basis for engaging with their neighbors. Read more.

 


Reflections on the themes of Encuentro (part 2)

The fifth Encuentro is a four-year, national process that begins in parishes with five sessions. The themes for these five sessions, rooted in the Emmaus Scripture story, are: 1) Called to a Loving Encounter with Jesus, 2) With Words and Action: Do It! 3) Walking Together with Jesus, 4) Bearing Fruits of New Life and 5) Celebrating the Joy of Being Missionary Disciples. Here is a brief look at the final three themes and questions for your own reflection. Read more.



Keynoter: To ‘encounter’ requires being open to God’s presence in every situation

There’s a quote by Pope Francis from the closing Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in 2014 that has been an inspiration to Christina Lamas, who will be the keynote speaker for Diocesan V Encuentro on Sunday, Sept. 24, at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Read more.

 


V Encuentro: A process to be missionaries for each other

The main goal of this four-year process is “to discern ways in which the church in the United States can better respond to the Hispanic/Latino presence, and to strengthen the ways in which Hispanics/Latinos respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the entire church.” Read more.


Reflecting on the themes of Encuentro (part 1)

The fifth Encuentro is a four-year, national process that begins in parishes with five sessions. The themes for these five sessions, rooted in the Emmaus Scripture story, are: 1) Called to a Loving Encounter with Jesus, 2) With Words and Action: Do It! 3) Walking together with Jesus, 4) Bearing Fruits of New Life, and 5) Celebrating the joy of Being Missionary Disciples. Read more.


Bishop Caggiano: Missionary discipleship means being vehicle of God’s love

Widely known for his work with youth, Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, will give the keynote address at this year’s Diocesan Ministry Day, Sept. 25, at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

This is an opportunity to learn more about topics related to ministry in the church. Bishop Caggiano will share a message around the day’s theme, “Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.” Read more.


Two major diocesan events will emphasize ‘encounter’

On Sunday, Sept. 24, Diocesan Encuentro (which means “encounter” in Spanish) will take place at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. On the following day, Sept. 25, Diocesan Ministry Day will be held at the convention center. Read more.