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Encuentro Hispano is the largest gathering of Hispanic Catholics in the Diocese. Held annually in October, the event is now seven years old. e 1. t. ti k LS jc OVer the diocese to celebrate their faith and culture in an all- day event called the Encuentro blispano; these celebrations have Continued yearly, and they now draw 1,500 or more Hispanics from all of Arkansas and even beyond. He also formed an infor- lal advisory council of Hispanics from all over the diocese, which Was the predecessor of the pre- sent Diocesan Council for bliSpanic Catholics. Out of the council, with the COOperation of Hispanics from 10 Parishes in various parts of Arkansas, came the Diocesan PaStoral Plan for Hispanic Iinistry. Those who developed the plan were Hispanics of vari- %s walks of life, of various ages, of both sexes. They based the plan on the National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry, which reSUlted from the Third National IfiSpanic Encuentro in 1985. nners representing the many liSpanic communities from par- ishes throughout the Diocese are held high during the procession before Mass. October 24, 1998 Bishop McDonald promul- gated the pastoral plan on Dec. 12, 1993. It remains our guide to developing Hispanic ministry in the diocese, and it has guided us to develop the immigration office, the Cursillo and Marriage Encounter movements, and now the radio ministry, while remind- ing us that much still remains to be done and challenging us to fulfill its demands. I replaced Father Friend as director of Hispanic ministry in September 1993. At the suggestion of Bishop McDonald, we immedi- ately moved the office from St. Edward Parish, where Father Friend was pastor, to St. John Catholic Center, where it took its place among the other offices of the diocese. This marked a coming of age for the office, since it acquired a visibility that it had not enjoyed in the previous years and gave it a recognized role in the govermnent of the diocese with a permanent, full-time director. 79 ~/llI Ik