Assembly on Evangelization / Fifth Encuentro

More than 4,000 people attended the Assembly on Evangelization conducted April 27 and 28 at St. John’s University. The theme of the gathering was “Put Out Into the Deep,” a favored phrase of Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

Catholic school teachers and catechists attended on the first day, while the second was open to the entire diocese and included the plenary session of the diocesan observance of the Fifth Encuentro, a national process that seeks new ways to bring the faith to the increasing Hispanic membership in the Church in the United States.

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On April 27, Paulist Father Ricky Manalo’s keynote presentation addressed changing trends in religious practices today, and how those changes inform the study of religion in the classroom. With the rise of digital media, he said there has been a decline in traditional religious identity, as expressed through belief, belonging and behavior. The result has been a growing body of “nones,” those who claim no religious affiliation.

On April 28, Father Manalo conducted a workshop entitled “Put Out Into the Deep: Proclaiming Christ in a Postmodern World.”