Local group heads for Encuentro
By Susan Gloss
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
"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