Answer call to discipleship by addressing Church’s needs

Deacon Martin Garcia participated in a breakout session April 14 at the Region X encuentro in San Antonio. The regional encuentros taking place across the country are preparation for the national encuentro in September in Grapevine, Texas.

SAN ANTONIO — Answer the call to missionary discipleship by addressing the needs of your Church. Meet young people where they are and just listen. Improve catechetical resources and prepare future leaders.

These were some of the strategies discussed by more than 800 delegates representing 18 Catholic dioceses in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, as they participated in a bilingual three-day Region X encuentro in San Antonio April 13-15.

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