Encuentro y Misión Program: Theological Education for Latino Millennials and Gen Z

The nineteen-week and one-weekend Intensive is intended to provide students with Theological education and a hands-on Immersion Experience meant to broaden their horizons and open their eyes to various pastoral, social, and economic realities.

The Mexican American Catholic College is a national leader in multicultural formation programs
The Mexican American Catholic College is a national leader in multicultural formation programs.

Catholic Extension in conjunction with Mexican-American Catholic College (MACC) offers well-rounded Latino young adults who have completed diocesan formation and are looking for subsequent opportunities to learn and serve, a unique theological education and mission experience. The program is national in scope and crosses geographic and socio-economic borders with participants from diverse backgrounds. Through it, we seek to create pathways for emerging Latino leaders to discover more about their faith, society, culture, and to discern how they are being called to build a stronger Church and world.

The program will gather a cohort of 15-20 students to participate in a virtual 3-week summer introductory course, a 15-week fall course RESPETO, a transformational leadership formation program for Latina(o) young adults by MACC; a week-long supervised virtual or in-person missionary immersion experience that will occur in a marginalized community in our country; and a wrap-up weekend intensive where they’ll reflect and share their experiences and ideas with other participants and with their “missionary mentors”. These experiences are meant to broaden their horizons and open their eyes to various pastoral, social, economic, and the current COVID-19 realities.

Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safe health measures for all, the program has been redesigned.

Duration: Total of 19 weeks and one weekend conducted during four separate time frames:

  • 3-week intro online course in July 2020
  • 15-week fall online course
  • 1-week-long virtual or in-person missionary immersion experience in a US location; and
  • 1-weekend intensive in a US location.  

Documents

To Apply:

  • Read and review all the documents linked above
  • Complete the Online Application Form (one application required per student) by the deadline of Thursday, July 2.

For More Information

Contact Veronica Avila, Manager of Mission Programs, at (312) 795-5128 or vavila@catholicextension.org.