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.
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.
Christina Lamas’ experiences have encouraged her to help others recognize the value of encountering God in the world, which will be part of the message she will bring to the people of the diocese in September.