V Encuentro


As Pope Francis reminds us, we are called to encounter those on the margins, to reach out to our brothers and sisters no matter where they live — and to allow them to touch our lives as well.

Listen to reflections about what solidarity means and how we have an opportunity to go out to the peripheries this Lent as a faith community and family, especially as we continue through the V Encuentro process.

There are 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, and CRS Rice Bowl offers faith formation resources for everyone in your community. Journey in solidarity with families, parishes and schools around the United States, as we encounter ourselves, our neighbor and our God anew this Lent.

  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry: Utilize our Reflexiones para la Pastoral Juvenil Hispanaavailable only in Spanish, to accompany youth and young adults throughout the season of Lent in reflection on the 5 steps of the V Encuentro: primerear, involucrarse, acompañar, fructificar and festejar.
  • Families: Visit our Family page to find activities to share in this special time of Lent as family, reflecting on our call to build a culture of encounter and love our one human family.
  • Religious Education: Our Educator’s Guide is filled with activities and reflections that bring the richness of Catholic Social Teaching and an opportunity to encounter our brothers and sisters around the world to your catechism classes.
  • Intergenerational Events: CRS Rice Bowl offers several ways to bring your entire parish together this Lent. Visit our Parish page or reflect together using our  Stations of the Cross video series.