V Encuentro

This is a historic moment for Hispanic Catholics.

They are a growing force in our Church – 38 percent of Catholics in the country are Hispanic – not to mention in the Diocese of San Diego, where they are 63 percent. What’s more, 55 percent of all Catholics in the country under age 30, the so-called Millennial Generation, being Hispanic.

A process began in January called the V National Encuentro for Hispanic/Latino Ministry in San Diego and across the country. “Encuentro” means “encounter” in Spanish. The V Encuentro is a five-session, bilingual process of reflection, consultation and action among Hispanic faithful in parishes, movements and other Catholic organizations. The information gleaned is later shared, discussed and fine-tuned in Encuentros at diocesan, regional and national levels.

The V Encuentro is a priority initiative of the U.S. Catholic Church.

All Hispanic Catholics are invited to participate, particularly young people and those who live on the peripheries. They can be part of parishes, lay movements and Catholic organizations and institutions. The Hispanic Catholic community is very diverse in the United States and it’s crucial to hear from as many of its members as possible.



Rodrigo Valdivia

Vice-Moderator of the Curia

Linda Arreola

Relationship Manager, National Hispanic Outreach, Catholic Relief Services

María Arroyo

Relationship Manager, Catholic Relief Services

Aída Bustos

Associate Director, Office of Communication

Alejandra Díaz

Assistant, Office of Cultural Diversity

Maria Olivia "Marioly" Galván

Chancellor and Director of Pastoral Ministries

José Ernesto González

Associate Director, Permanent Diaconate

Father Emilio Magaña

St. Charles Parish

Erika Mayoral

Diocesan Tribunal Notary

Gerardo Rojas

Director, Youth Ministry

Roberto Rojas

Senior Adviser for Hispanic Outreach, Catholic Relief Services

Leticia Trent

Associate Director

Maria de Lourdes Valencia

Associate Director of Culture of Life