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June 30, 2000 Issue
Local News

Local group heads for Encuentro

By Susan Gloss
Compass Intern

Sixteen people from the Green Bay Diocese will be taking part next week in the Encuentro in Los Angeles. Participants will come from the diocesan offices, St. Norbert College, St. Willebrord Parish (Green Bay), St. Joseph (Wautoma), and St. Gabriel (Neenah). The group has met in recent weeks to get acquainted with each other and prepare for the event.

Rudy Pineda, director of Hispanic Ministry for the Green Bay Diocese, is among those who plan to attend.

"I hope the experience is a moving one and that it will inspire us to come back with a renewed spirit to share ... that we can be an image of what transpired at Encuentro," Pineda said.

The Encuentro conference (Spanish for "encounter") began in 1972 as a way of bringing together the Catholic Latino community for discussion, celebration, and unification. Next week (July 6-9), as the fourth national conference takes place in Los Angeles, its organizers are reaching beyond the Latino community to welcome Catholics of all ethnic backgrounds.

Like its title and theme, "Many Faces in God's House," the mission is to create an environment in which participants encounter and are educated about the diversity of the Catholic Church in the United States and in the world.

To accomplish this goal, the program works at the local level as well as the national level. Encuentro 2000 participants were encouraged to meet within their parishes and diocese in preparation for the national conference.

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