Buffalo Bishop Richard J. Malone and nine other representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo are participating in a national gathering to discuss ways to better respond to the growing numbers of Catholic Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.
Some 3,000 people are attending V National Encuentro, a four-day conference in Grapevine, Texas, which concludes Sunday.
- Catholic leaders "encountering Hispanic brothers and sisters in Christ, therefore embracing the cultural diversity in the U.S. Church."
- Efforts to engage Hispanic Catholic youth and young adults for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
- Identify and promote opportunities for Hispanic Catholic pastoral leaders to serve in leadership positions in the Church and in society.
Among the local delegation members with Malone is Luz Milagros Ramos, director of the diocese's Office of Cultural Diversity.