This past week, 120 Catholic bishops came to Grapevine Texas to participate in V Encuentro, an event marking a four-year discernment process that took place in every diocese in the United States. More than 3,000 Hispanic Catholics from all over the country and some international attendees attended the September 20th through the 23rd gathering. Recognizing that Hispanics represent the fastest growing segment of the Catholic Church in the United States, enthusiasm was high among both the attendees and Bishops in attendance.
Closing out the final Mass on Sunday, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said, “This moment in the Church is the hour of the laity. God is calling the lay faithful to work together with the bishops to renew and rebuild his Church,” Gomez continued. “Not only in this country but throughout the continents of the Americas.” One of the highlights of the events was the Bishop’s dinner and encounter night, where a bishop sat at every table to listen to the needs and concerns of the young delegates.
Some of the Bishops in attendance included Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston and president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S. of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap, of the Archdiocese of Boston.