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 V Encuentro Los Angeles



What is the V Encuentro?

In essence, the 5th Encuentro is a platform of reflection and missionary action that helps us become more conscious of sharing the love of God, especially with those at the peripheries. 

The V Encuentro is a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action that invites all Catholics in the United States to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and identification of best ministerial practices in the spirit of the New Evangelization. The process has been proposed as a priority activity of the USCCB’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The V Encuentro starts at the grass-roots level and calls for the development of resources and initiatives to better serve the  Catholic population in dioceses, parishes, ecclesial movements, and other Catholic organizations and institutions in light of its theme: Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God’s Love.

The Mística of the Way to a V Encuentro

Inspired by both Jesus’ example evident in the gospels and by Pope Francis’ call to bring joy and hope to the periphery, our process will reach out to those who live in isolation, in sorrow, and in p​overty, and to those who find themselves wounded along the way and need the merciful and tender embrace of Christ. From there, one will be able to discern the Church’s best pastoral and evangelizing response to parishes, dioceses, and ecclesial movements, both at a regional and at a national level.

Who participates in the V Encuentro?
All Catholic leaders are invited to participate by encountering those living in the periphery through the missionary process of evangelization and consultation of the V Encuentro.

​Themes and General Objectives of the V Encuentro

At the heart of V Encuentro process is a five-week experience of reflection, evangelization, and consultation guided by five themes inspired by Pope Francis' call to foster a culture of Encounter (The Joy of the Gospel, n. 24):

Themes of the five sessions

  1. Called to a loving encounter with Jesus (Take the initiative)
  2. With words and actions: Do it! (Get involved)
  3. Walking together with Jesus (Accompany)
  4. Bearing fruits of new life (Fructify)
  5. Celebrating the joy of being missionary disciples (Celebrate)

The five sessions of V Encuentro are at the heart of the process of reflection, evangelization, and consultation.  By entering this process, Catholic faith communities and groups in the United States are invited to:


General Objectives

  1. Experience being a Church that goes forth.
  2. Inspire a process of reflection and faith sharing among members of the small group.
  3. Contemplate the calling of being missionary disciples.
  4. Prepare to engage in evangelizing missions and consultations in the periphery.
  5. Document the experience and the process of consultation to discern pastoral implications.
  6. Make the transition from small groups into small faith communities. 

The carrying out of the five sessions culminates in the celebration of a Parish Encuentro.
The V Encuentro is a national initiative; if you are interested in learning more about the process at the national level, please visit


Pasadena Convention Center
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9am - 6pm
Visalia, CA
April 27-29, 2018
Grapevine, TX
September 21-23, 2018​


Ernesto Vega, Chair - V Encuentro

Alvaro Pacheco, Project Administrator




 Prayer for the Fifth National Encuentro

God of Mercy,
You that went out to encounter
the disciples on the way to Emmaus,
grant us a missionary spirit
and send us forth to encounter
our brothers and sisters,
to walk along beside them,
listen to their hopes and dreams,
rekindle their faith
with the fire of your Word,
prepare them to recognize you
in the Eucharist
and send them as missionary disciples
to share the joy of the Gospel
to present and future generations
of every race, language and culture.
We ask you this
from our burning hearts
filled with the Holy Spirit,
in the Name of your beloved Son
and through the intercession of our Mother,
Mary of Guadalupe
Star of the New Evangelization.

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