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NEWSLETTER OF INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER: MARCH 2010

 

Dear Fellow-Lovers in Christ,



It is with great pleasure that we release to you the first newsletter of International Catholic Engaged Encounter - a fruit of our discussions at the ICEE Board Meeting at Cuernavaca, Mexico.  It is, no doubt, a modest effort.  All of us are struggling for time to handle all our urgent and important tasks in life.  Of course, we welcome suggestions and help.  Articles, letters and news items are most welcome.  As suggested at the ICEE Board Meeting, we plan to include reports from at least one Region per month, so keep these coming!

God Bless you with a fruitful season of Lent and a Glorious Easter season.

 

Love,



Valentine & Anna Coelho

 

TOPICS:

 

1. Letter from Catholic Engaged Encounter, Kenya

 

2. Regional Report: 



United States September 2008 – September 2009 

2. (ESPANOL) -- Encuentro Católicos de Novios Informe Regional:

Estados Unidos Septiembre 2008 - Septiembre 2009

 

3. Current responsibilities of the four teams on the Executive Committee:

 

4. REGIONAL REPORT: 

The Central America & Spanish Speaking Caribbean Region

 

5. ANTICIPATED WEEKENDS IN THE YEAR 2010

 

 

 



 

Letter from Catholic Engaged Encounter, Kenya

 

Hallo Ginnette and Bernard ,


We are Rev.Fr.Gichure

Charles and Mary Kimathi (Senior Couple)

Dominic and Jane Mwangi (Junior Couple)

We attended an Engaged Encounter Weekend through the courtesy of the International Catholic Engaged Encounter team who linked us with the Catholic Engaged Encounter - African Secretariat Fr.Rohn Smut, Ronald and Ursula Sabokter of Cape Town on the19th to 21ST October 2007 and  observed and experience an Engaged Encounter weekend at the Schoenstatt Centre - Cape To>wn.


The South African EE Team made all arrangements for our travel, transport and accommodation. We really appreciated this assistance.
Our talks were workshopped by the above team who were very kind to us and gave us all the neccessary skills and material to start the Engaged Encounter weekends in Kenya.
We presented our first weekend in November 2008 and in 2009 presented another three.
All the weekends have been presented in Nairobi and have all been residential .We soon wish to introduce the same in other Diocesses .
We are part of the South African Region but have not been able to connect  due to financial challenges as a young and New Struggling movement in the country.But we are slowly and surely growing and God has been on our side.
We have Fr.Xavier one of the team couples of the International Engaged Encounter here in Kenya who has been of enormous help to us.
We also met Father Francoise from South Africa who recently came to Kenya together with other Team couples to help start the Retrovaille Programme here in Kenya.
Ginnette and Bernard, you now know a bit of us as your children srtuggling to survive somewhere in Africa.
Please assist us in prayers and all you can to grow as we are all working in the same Vineyard.
Best Regards,
                       Charles and Mary Kimathi

 

Catholic Engaged Encounter       Regional Report



United States September 2008 – September 2009 

  1. New NET and National Board Members

In January, 2009 Rick and Patty Ruppert and Fr. Joe Mozer began their term as the new National Executive Team (NET). Our vision for our term is to continue to develop relationships on the National Board and throughout the National Family. Our goal is to improve communication from the National Level to the local so that every local community feels connected with the National and International CEE Families. Our U.S. District 3 (southeast states) and District 4 (mountain states) have seen improvements result from their hard work and outreach to the local communities. Also, our primary mission is to support the Outline Revision Committee (ORC, or CRB in Spanish) to launch the new outline in a timely manner.  

  1. Outline Revision Committee

The work the committee will be discussed separately, but we are very happy to report the committee is making great progress in revising the outline. The USA National Board has spent much time and energy in supporting the work of the ORC (CRB) during the past year.  This committee (perhaps the largest in US CEE history) is comprised of many dedicated and faith-filled couples and priests, some of whom have agreed to stay involved beyond their original time commitment to help us complete the outline.  Our National budget has provided the majority of funding for bringing this group together for up to three meetings a year as their work has become more intense, and some local communities have made generous donations to support this effort. The ORC has asked for guidance and advice from our National Board. Most importantly we have supported them with our prayers and we continue to ask everyone to pray for the critical work they are doing. 

  1. Web Site

Our new Web site utilizes a more modern look and functionality, and it provides opportunities for improved communication and expanded recognition for CEE with a broader audience, especially young couples. Engaged couples can find schedules for nearby Encounter Weekends, and CEE community members can learn what is happening in the National Family and access information which each district can update on the system. Constant monitoring of the site keeps the information current and responds to requests for information.  However, knowing there can always be problems on the internet, we appreciate feedback and suggestions from our users.  Together, we can insure the continued success of this valuable tool of promotion and communication for our ministry. 

  1. Expansion

Expansion of our ministry is always a top priority.  This year Phoenix, in Arizona, has opened a new community.   Currently, we are discerning the possibility of opening a community in Michigan, and New Hampshire has been presenting weekends in Maine with hope of a community starting there in the future. 

  1. Public Relations

Through conventions, Days of Enrichment and communications with local Family Life offices, CEE tries to expand our vision for marriage and the family. 

  1. Other Ministries

CEE continues to reach out to the Church in general, such as other marriage preparation professionals and programs.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has undertaken a multi-year Marriage Initiative to strengthen the Church’s ministries in preparation for and support of marriage. This summer, Fr. Joe Mozer and a couple from District 2 attended NACFLM (National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers) conference where this Marriage Initiative of the bishops was discussed.  

  1. Statistics

Because of inconsistencies in reporting from local communities, our support team has had trouble providing us with accurate statistics. We plan to send a summary by email after this meeting.  

  1. 2010 Convention

Work is underway for the 2010 National Convention in Seattle, Washington, USA. The convention will be held on October 1 - 3, 2010. Arrangements are being made for the International Community to hold its meeting the week before the convention. It is our hope that many of our international friends will be able to stay to attend the convention. 

  1. International Fund Drive

A concerted effort was made this year to promote and improve the contributions for the ICEE fund drive.  In spite of our newsletter not being published at the moment, we have reached out through our District Coordinators to ask the help of each local community so that the whole National Family will support the ministry and growth of CEE throughout the world.  To date, approximately $15,400 has been collected so far this year. Paul and Carolyn Trahan are assisting the National Board by following up on the Communities who have not donated yet. 

  1. Challenges

Like everyone, we have come across some challenges in our ministry this year.

                                  Attendance on weekends across the country is down. One main reason for this is out of our control: fewer couples are getting married, both in our Church and in any form of marriage in our nation as a whole. Over the past twenty years, some parts of our country have seen a 60% decrease in the number of marriages in the Church! Fewer attendees mean fewer CEE Weekends, fewer new couples joining our communities, and less money to support our ministry on the local, national, and international levels. We will continue working to change this reality, but we think getting out of this situation will require everyone’s effort.

                                  We struggle to get all of our local communities to cooperate together. We have worked on getting every community to participate in paying dues and communicating with the National family through their reports and district and unit coordinators.  It is our objective to intensify the work in this area with the assistance of the District Coordinators.

                                  For over a year now, we have not been able to publish our national newsletter Horizons, one of our primary communication vehicles to share important topics and success stories to the local communities. We are having problems getting volunteers for the editor and subscription jobs, but we are intent on finding people so this resource will be available to all.

                                  While our National Web Site is good, we could be using it much better. We continue to improve it for both those who are part of CEE and for those who visit the site for information about attending our Weekends.

 


-- Encuentro Católicos de Novios Informe Regional

Estados Unidos Septiembre 2008 - Septiembre 2009 

1. Nueva NET y Miembros del Consejo Nacional

En enero de 2009 nosotros, Rick y Patty Ruppert y Padre Joe Mozer, comenzamos nuestro término de mandato en el nuevo Equipo Ejecutivo Nacional (NET). Nuestra visión es continuar desarrollando relaciones en el marco del Consejo Nacional y con la Familia Nacional.  Nuestra meta es mejorar la comunicación desde nivel nacional hacia el local de modo que cada comunidad local se sienta conectada con las Familias Nacional e Internacional de ECN (CEE). Nuestros Distrito 3 (estados de sureste) y Distrito 4 (estados de montañas) de EEUU ya han visto las mejoras producidas por el resultado de su trabajo duro y la iniciativas tomadas para alcanzar a todas las comunidades.  También, nuestra misión primaria es apoyar al Comité de Revisión del Bosquejo (CRB, o ORC en ingles) para lanzar una nueva diagramación de nuestros contenidos de una manera oportuna en tiempo y eficiencia. 

2. Comité de la Revisión de Bosquejo

El trabajo del comité será discutido por separado, pero en este momento nos sentimos felices de decir que el comité está haciendo grandes progresos revisando el bosquejo de la diagramación y contenidos del programa.  El Consejo Nacional de los EE.UU. ha empleado muchas horas de trabajo y ha puesto mucha energía en el soporte del trabajo de CRB (ORC) durante el último año. Este comité (posiblemente el comité mas grande en la historia de CEE in los EE.UU.) consta de muchas parejas y sacerdotes; todos son dedicados y fiel, y unos han acordado que mantendrán sus participaciónes despues del término de sus mandatos para que pueden ayudarnos finalizar el bosquejo.  Nuestro presupuesto nacional ha proporcionado la mayoría de los fondos de financiamiento para reunir a este grupo de personas hasta tres veces al año a medida que su trabajo se tornaba más intenso, y algunas comunidades locales han hecho importantes donaciones para apoyar este esfuerzo. El CRB (ORC) ha pedido la dirección de nuestro Consejo Nacional. Más importante, nosotros siempre los hemos apoyado con nuestros rezos y continuamos pidiendo para que cada uno de nosotros elevemos nuestras oraciones por el trabajo crítico que ellos están haciendo. 

3. Web Site

Nuestra nueva Web site utiliza una mirada moderna y una mayor funcionalidad proporcionando de este modo una mejora de la comunicación y el reconocimiento de la CEE entre una audiencia más amplia, especialmente aquella de jóvenes parejas. Las parejas comprometidas pueden encontrar los horarios y lugares de encuentros de fines de semana más próximos, y los miembros de la Comunidad de CEE pueden enterarse de las actividades que están desarrollándose en la Familia Nacional y a la vez obtener la información que cada distrito puede cargar al sistema. Una supervisión constante de la Web mantiene la información actualizada y responde preguntas a aquellos que acuden por información.  Sin embargo, sabiendo que siempre hay la posibilidad de problemas en Internet, nosotros estamos abiertos a las sugerencias de nuestros usuarios y apreciamos en alto grado sus opiniones. Juntos podemos asegurar el éxito continuado de esta herramienta valiosa para la promoción y la comunicación de nuestro ministerio. 

4. Expansión

La expansión de nuestro ministerio es siempre una prioridad superior.  Este año Phoenix, en Arizona, ha comenzado una nueva comunidad.  En este momento estamos evaluando la posibilidad de iniciar una comunidad en Michigan.  New Hampshire ha estado presentando fines de semana en Maine con la esperanza de asentar en ese estado una comunidad en el futuro. 

5. Relaciones Públicas

A través de la asistencia a Convenciones y Días de Enriquecimiento, y manteniendo comunicaciones con las oficinas locales de Vida de Familia, CEE intenta ampliar nuestra visión acerca del matrimonio y la familia. 

6. Otros Ministerios

CEE trata continuamente estar en contacto con grupos en la Iglesia en general, como otros programas y profesionales de preparación para el matrimonio. La Conferencia de los Obispos Católicos de los EE.UU. esta trabajando en una Iniciativa Matrimonial para fortalecer el ministerio de la Iglesia en la preparación y el soporte del matrimonio. Este verano, el Padre Joe Mozer y una pareja del Distrito 2 asistió a la conferencia de NACFLM  (La Asociación Nacional de Ministros para la Vida de la Familia Católica) donde esta Iniciativa Matrimonial de los Obispos fue discutida. 

7. Estadística

Porque tenemos problemas con las estadísticas de nuestras comunidades locales, nuestra equipo de soporte todavía trabajan proporcionar estadística preciso. Mandaremos un resumen por email después de esta reunión. 

8. Convención 2010

El trabajo está en curso para la Convención Nacional 2010 en Seattle, Washington, los EE.UU. Llevarán a cabo a la convención el 1 al 3 de octubre de 2010. Las medidas se están tomando para que la Comunidad Internacional celebre su reunión la semana antes de la convención. Es nuestra esperanza que muchos de nuestros amigos internacionales puedan asistir a la convención también. 

9. Contribuciones para el Fondo Internacional

Un esfuerzo concertado fue hecho este año para promover y mejorar las contribuciones para el fondo internacional para ICEE.  A pesar de que nuestro boletín de noticias que no fue publicado en tiempo oportuno, a través de nuestros Coordinadores del Distrito se le solicitó ayuda a cada comunidad local para que toda la Familia Nacional apoye el ministerio y el crecimiento de ECN en todo el mundo.  Hasta ahora, aproximadamente $15.400 se ha recogido durante este año. Paul y Carolyn Trahan están asistiendo el Consejo Nacional comunicándose con aquellas comunidades que aun no han contribuido. 

10. Desafíos

Como todos, hemos parecido algunos desafíos en nuestro ministerio este año.

                                  Los números de personas que asisten a los encuentros de fines de semana a través del país han disminuido. Una razón central de esto está fuera de nuestro control: pocas parejas están casándose, sea en nuestra Iglesia o en ninguna otra institución o forma en nuestra nación en su totalidad. ¡En los últimos veinte años, algunos estados de nuestro país han visto una disminución del 60% en el número de matrimonios contraídos en la Iglesia! Pocos asistentes significan menos ECN Fines de Semana. Menos parejas significa también menos dinero para apoyar nuestro ministerio en los niveles locales, nacionales, e internacionales. Nosotros seguiremos trabajando para cambiar esta realidad pero creemos que salir de esta situación es un esfuerzo de todos.

                                  Luchamos para conseguir que todas nuestras comunidades locales cooperen conjuntamente. Hemos trabajado en tratar que cada comunidad realice sus aportes y en mantener una comunicación con la Familia Nacional a través la presentación de informes y la relación con coordinadores de cada distrito y de cada unidad. Es nuestro objetivo intensificar el trabajo en esta área con la ayuda de los Coordinadores del Distrito.

                                  Desde más de un año hasta ahora, no hemos podido publicar nuestro boletín de noticias nacional Horizons (Horizontes), uno de nuestros vehículos primarios de comunicación de los temas importantes para las comunidades locales. Estamos teniendo problemas el conseguir voluntarios para los trabajos de edición y suscripciones, pero seguimos intentando llevar adelante este proyecto para que sea una herramienta para todos.

                                  Nuestro sitio Web nacional es bueno,  pero creemos que podríamos usarlo mucho mejor. Es nuestra idea continuar mejorándolo para beneficio de los miembros de ECN y para aquellos que lo visiten buscando información para atender a los Encuentros de Fines de Semana.



Current responsibilities of the four teams on the Executive Committee:

Executive Coordinating Team:

The executive team is the President and Vice President of the ICEE organization with the couple being assigned the role of co-president and the priest being assigned the role of vice-president.  They act to coordinate all efforts of ICEE on an International level.   Some of their main responsibilities include soliciting contributions; coordinating the responsibilities and efforts of the executive committee; attend and preside over executive committee and board meetings; disseminate important information to all regions; advise regional teams who seek advice; prepare articles for newsletters and magazines; insure that policy decided by the board and contained in the ICEE handbook is followed by all regions; perform goodwill functions by sending letters of congratulations and encouragement to important regional meetings and conferences.

Additionally, the executive team will periodically attend meetings and conventions upon invitation if the travel is warranted and funds sufficient.  At these meetings and conventions, the executive team will bring word of the happenings of ICEE in other areas, represent the ICEE world communities’ interest in the region, and bring back news to the ICEE executive committee and board at the annual meetings.

The executive team will work closely with the finance team to oversee the wise use of funds and resources.  They will also manage or oversee the use of, and verify the content of the ICEE Web-site www.icee.tv.  Included in this responsibility is the maintenance of the domain name registration on a periodic basis and that adequate web-hosting services are provided to keep the Web site up and running.  Finally, the team is responsible to communicate with other organizations and to respond to queries about the availability of EE weekends throughout the world. 



Finance Team:

The finance team is primarily responsible for the receiving and distribution of the funds of ICEE.  They manage and balance the checkbook, maintain statistics as to the source and application of funds, advise the executive team and board on financial matters, send out periodic communications encouraging each region to contribute to the International family and to work closely with the finance teams of the various regions to provide advice and correlate the information as to funds sent and received.  Currently, the Finance team has also accepted the additional responsibility of recording secretary and act to properly record and report the minutes of each executive committee meeting and board meeting.



Statistics & Communication Team:

The statistics team accepts the statistics reports from each of the regions and correlates this information into an annual statistics report which includes information on attendance, number of weekends and other pertinent information for analytical use by the board and executive committee in making decisions about the continued operation and expansion of ICEE.  Additionally, the team maintains a list EE weekends going on all over the world and a list of email addresses of all Diocesan Coordinators and other important members of ICEE to distribute weekly, the list of ICEE weekends going on all around the world.  This list is called the Friday Prayer list and all communities are expected to say the Friday prayer on the Friday of each weekend for those communities presenting an EE weekend that weekend.

 
Outline and Resource Team:

The Outline and Resource team is responsible to maintain a library of resource documents in both English and Spanish which will help all regions with the ongoing formation, preparation and enrichment necessary for the presenting teams and Diocesan Communities to continue to provide the EE weekend experience.  Additionally, they are a source for important documents and other material needed to assist new communities to get started as well as existing communities to continue to exist and remain a part of the ICEE family.  The team also is responsible to maintain documents, programs and enrichments to assist all communities in providing a post-encounter experience.  The team liaises with each of the regional coordinating teams to make sure that they are using the proper and most current outline and other documents and to assist with resources relating to current outline, handbook and post encounter needs.  Our current Outline & Resource team has taken on the added responsibility of translation of key documents, communications, and during meetings – from English to Spanish and Spanish to English since these are the two primary languages of the ICEE community.



Our current Executive Committee is:

Executive Team:   Stephen and Claudia Schulz – USA, Fr. Terrence Runstedler – Canada 


Finance Team:  Francis and Annette Watti – Trinidad & Tobago, Fr. Frank Power – Antigua 
Statistics Team:  Bernard & Ginette Charbonneau and Father Kevin Maloney - Canada 
Outline & Resource Team: Cesar  and Gilda Liranzo and Fr. Rafael Cruz - Dominican Republic  

 The terms of office:

The term of office for all IEC teams is 3 years.

However and to maintain continuity, the selected teams will be designated as Team A, Team B, and Team C.  (Portfolios will be allocated in committee.)

Team A will start their term of office on selection as will the IET.  Team B will start their term one year later and Team C will start their term two years later.

All terms will start AFTER the IB or IEC meetings.

Portfolios will be allocated in committee on selection at IB meetings.  These will not necessarily be held for three years; they may change due to qualities and skills of new teams, or as a result of changes discerned at subsequent meetings.

IEC Teams are eligible for re-selection but for a maximum of two terms, i.e. 6 years. 



Current Status of Executive Committee Teams:

Executive Team:  Elected in 2006 – completing the first 3 year term, eligible for reelection for 2010-2012. 


Team A: Current responsibility Statistics.  Elected in 2006 – completing the first 3 year term, eligible for reelection for 2010-2012. 
Team B: Current responsibility Finances: Elected in 2003 – Began service in 2004 - completing the second 3 year term, will need to be replaced at this meeting.  Serving until 2010 when the replacement team selected in 2009 will take over for the 2011 – 2013 term. 
Team C: Current responsibility Outline & Resources: Elected in 2006 – Began serving in 2008 – still in the first 3 year term 2008 – 2011.  Eligible for reelection for 2012 – 2014. 

Nominations:

In addition to all of the regional representatives attending the board meeting, we are open to and will accept nominations of teams not in attendance.

The requirements of any team members are:

                     Presenting at least one weekend per year

                     Have attended at least one Board Meeting (even this one if a non-regional, non-executive committee team attends the meeting)

                     Be in good standing with their community

                     International Board teams (Regional Coordinating teams) that are selected to the IEC may retain their regional or national leadership roles as may be discerned and decided by their own regional boards.  However IEC Teams are selected in their own right and may continue as an IEC Team even if their local term of office expires or is terminated.  Ideally all IEC member teams should comprise a couple and a priest.  This trio should be in regular contact so as to be a resource for each other as well as effective leadership for the region/country.

Nominations will be taken in advance via email and should include a brief history of the team’s involvement in ICEE.   Additionally, nominations may be brought to the meeting and presented to the board prior to the discernment and selection process which will take place on the last day of the board meeting.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER



REGIONAL REPORT

The Central America & Spanish Speaking Caribbean Region

Cuernavaca,  October 6th. 2009.

Catholic Engaged Encounter International Executive Committee:

Dear brothers and sisters:

It is a joy to present you this report corresponding to the period from July 1st. 2008 to June 30th. 2009, because of the International Meeting in Cuernavaca, in this occasion in which by God´s grace all the regions with presence of CEE around the world will be joined.

The Central America & Spanish Speaking Caribbean Region is formed by 8 countries:  Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua y Panama; which have lots of similarities because of our Hispanic inheritance, but we also have significant differences because of political aspects of the different countries and also because of the relationship between CEE and the local church.

CEE came to the Region in 1980 and from then it began to grow and to diffuse and to give fruits.  Nowadays CEE is solid in the Region and it is recognized by the local Church in the majority of countries.  We still have a strong challenge, to have presence in all dioceses and to reach the poorest places in each country. 

Since 1997 periodic CEE Regional Meetings have been held and since then we have grown and strengthen our bonds among all countries. 

We are very grateful for the support CEE International Community has given us several times, which has been fundamental for the development of CEE in our Region.

We hope God blesses the persons representing all the Regions of the world and that we continue giving fruit for His glory and for the strengthening of the families around the world.

Cordially yours,

Herbert y Monica Rubio

Padre Marco Antonio Duran y Padre Ricardo Bendaña,

Regional Coordinators,

Central America & Spanish Speaking Caribbean. 
 

INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC ENGAGED ENCOUNTER

REGIONAL REPORT 
 

REGION:  Central America and Spanish Speaking Caribbean 

PERIOD OF THE REPORT:  July 1st. 2008 as of June 30th. 2009 

REGIONAL COORDINATORS:  Herbert y Monica Rubio 

REGIONAL PRIEST:  Fr. Marco Duran.  Fr.Ricardo Bendaña          

MEMBERS OF THE REGION:  

                                                                          Costa Rica

                                                                          Cuba

                                                                          Dominican Republic

                                                                          El Salvador

                                                                          Guatemala

                                                                          Honduras

                                                                          Nicaragua

                                                                          Panama

 
 


STATISTICS:

Following  you will find the statistics for our Region.  The most remarkable things are the increase of Dioceses presenting CEE in Cuba and Dominican Republic and the increasing number of communities.  This is our major strength, having the couples for the weekend and giving them the tools to grow as persons and as couples, having them living in communities and then asking to live the Enrichment and the following step, writing their talks and becoming Team Couples.

We had 10% less attending couples to our experience than the previous year, because the economical crisis.  Being our experience expensive, we suffer less assistance to our Weekend when there are economical problems in the region.

 


COUNTRY

DIOCESES

WEEKENDS

ATTENDING COUPLES

 

2ND. SEM 2008

1ST. SEM 2009

2nd SEM 2008

1st SEM 2009

TOTAL

CATHOLIC - CATHOLIC

CATHOLIC  - CHRISTIAN

CATHOLIC - NON CHRISTIAN

 

2nd SEM 2008

1st SEM 2009

TOTAL

2nd SEM 2008

1st SEM 2009

TOTAL

2nd SEM 2008

1st SEM 2009

TOTAL

 

 

Costa Rica

1

1

1

2

3

7

15

22

1

0

1

0

0

0

 

Cuba

3

5

1

2

3

18

35

53

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Dominican Republic

4

6

8

11

19

99 

200

299

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

El Salvador

1

1

1

1

2



12

18

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Guatemala

2

1

5

6

11

99

98

197

3

1

4

1

0

1

 

Honduras

1

1

3

2

5

34

20

54

3

0

3

0



0

 

Nicaragua

1

1





2

0

16 

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Panama

1

1

3

3

6

32

50

82

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

TOTAL

14

17

22

29

64

293

446

741

8

1

8

1

0

1

 

 
 
 

We had more attending couples to our enrichments, which means more people available to participate in the Encounter activities.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 

COUNTRY

ENRICHMENT

TEAMS

COMMUNITIES

WEEKENDS

COUPLES

COUPLES

PRIESTS

AMMOUNT

COUPLES IN COMMUNITIES

2nd Sem 2008

1st  Sem 2009

TOTAL

ATTENDING

2nd Sem 2008

1st  Sem 2009

TOTAL

2nd Sem 2008

1st  Sem 2009

TOTAL

2nd Sem 2008

1st  Sem 2009

TOTAL

2nd Sem 2008

1st  Sem 2009

TOTAL

Costa Rica

0

0

0

0

11

11

11

2

2

2

5

5

5

27

27

27

Cuba

1

0

1

4

4

4

4

1

1

1

1

2

2

8

16

16

Dominican Republic

1

1

2

18

32

35

35

14

14

14

66

67

67

535

535

535

El Salvador

0

0

0

0

5

5

5

1

1

1

2

6

6

25

25

25

Guatemala

1

0

1

17

15

13

13

12

8

8

20

21

21

103

114

114

Honduras

0

0

0

0

5

5

5

2

2

2

4

4

4

25

25

25

Nicaragua

1

0

1

13

5

3

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

3

3

3

Panama

0

1

1

9

5

5

5

3

3

3

1

2

2

8

21

21

TOTAL

4

2

6

61

79

85

85

36

32

32

96

104

104

714

746

746

 
 
 

SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS AND EVENTS

Costa Rica:  Since this year CEE has been allowed to give proof weekends to be accepted as the “Cathequeses for Marriage” they have been making great efforts to survive.  They have the support of Monsignior Angel San Casimiro, Bishop to the Diocese of Alajuela to give those weekends.  Their situation has improved greatly.  In September they have elected a new National Couple, Carlos & Gioconda Pacheco, who are taking this service very seriously, they are result of post encounter community.

 

Cuba: The teams have been strengthened with the Enrichment experience during the 2nd. Semester of 2008.  Four couples and a priest of two neighbor dioceses Holguin and Bayamo-Manzanillo are the Cuban Teams.  They achieved the formation of the National Team, well structured and with bimonthly meetings.  The Region has asked Cesar & Gilda Liranzo, as supportive and following couple for Cuba.

CEE has been presented to Monsignor Juan Garcia, Archbishop of Camagüey and President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba, who gladly supported the first weekend of Camagüey in January, this year.

 

Dominican Republic:  They have had a successful expansion process in two dioceses, so now they are presence in 6 dioceses.  They have a very strong post-encounter, formed of 67 communities with approximately 530 couples actively participating.  Their National Couple is also a result of post-encounter community.

 

El Salvador: They were motivated and in 2009 they held the Regional Meeting for the first time, it injected fresh air to the couples.  Now they are having a continuously growing post encounter, which haven’t been possible for many years.

 

Guatemala: .  It has strong communities and keeps growing.  Their National couple is also a result of post-encounter.  It had problems in one diocese in which we have given the weekend and then the priest began to do his own experience using what he liked of our Outline.  He accepts no calls or e-mails.  So again it is present in one diocese only.

 

Honduras:  They have full support of Monsignor Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga. For the current political events in Honduras, they have trouble to meet, and they hope this does not affect the communities they have achieved.  Now that they are living a complicated political situation, they held a Weekend in the house of one of the CEE couples.

 

Nicaragua:  Two of the weekends planned to be held this year have been canceled, because there were no participant couples.  They have the support of Monsignor Fonseca, of the Pastoral for the Family and also of Monsignor Silvio Baez Auxiliary Bishop of the Dioceses is also opened to the movement.  Our experience is not recognized as a valid preparation for marriage.

 

Panamá:  They have had a constant growing since they had the Regional Meeting in 2008.  They have had Enrichment and it is beginning to give fruits.  Two of the couples that lived the Enrichment are now Team Couples.

 
 
 


 

CHALLENGES:

1.     To keep the countries in our Region having Weekends constantly.

2.     To have expansion to other dioceses.

3.     To keep supporting the countries having more difficulties (Cuba, Nicaragua and El Salvador) so they keep on working hard.

4.     The costs of a weekend are always a concern in our region, since it is formed of third world countries in which our experience is almost reserved for couples with economic possibilities couples in its majority.

 
 


CHALENGES AND SUGESTIONS TO OUTLINE:

 

We are waiting to have the New International Outline, to have all the countries working with the same outline.



We have our Regional Enrichment Outline, which is a very deep experience and is in process to be adopted by all the countries in the Region.  It has been given in Guatemala (where 3 Salvadorian couples attended), Nicaragua and Panama.

 
 


PLANS FOR THE FUTURE:

 

We have an annual Regional Meeting, and we need to have Cuba participating in at least the election year, every 3 years, to keep us well informed and to have them stimulated to work, moved by our enthusiasm.



 

We have a website in some of the countries and it would be interesting to have Regional Website, for all to visit.

 

The plans in Cuba are to have an Enrichment retreat every two years.  They have sent the costs for them.



 

All the countries are doing an effort to maintain their communities and are trying to expand to other dioceses; our priests have done a great job promoting the Weekend with their colleagues.

 
 

CONCERNS / QUESTIONS THAT WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT IN THE MEETING:

 

1.     Update on the new outline, we are waiting for it, to unify the Weekend in the Region.  When are we going to have it?



2.     Funds support for Cuba for 2010 activities.

3.     Enrichment for presenting teams, we have our Enrichment Weekend, a prerequisite to begin to write.  We also have Spiritual Growing Retreats in several countries, to keep our Teams learning, some of them are One Day Retreats other are Two Days Retreats.  We would like other regions to share their experiences and documents with us.

 
 

Respectfully submitted

 

HERBERT & MONICA RUBIO



PADRE MARCO ANTONIO DURÁN & PADRE RICARDO BENDAÑA

REGIONAL COORDINATORS

 

ANTICIPATED WEEKENDS IN THE YEAR 2010



We have 12 regions that service 35 countries in which there are 219 communities who have and will  give 1104 weekends ( that we are aware of) in the year 2010. 

 

1.  USA                                        has 111 communities and will give  735 weekends in the year 2010



2.  Mexico                                    has    27 communities and will give 142 weekends in the year 2010 

3   Canada                                   has    20 communities and will give   52 weekends in the year 2010

4.  Central  America Spanish         has   15 communities and will give    43 weekends in the year 2010

5.  South America North                has   11 communities and will give    47 weekends in the year 2010

6.  English Caribbean                   has     7 communities and will give     13 weekends in the year 2010

7.  East Asia                                has     5 communities and will give     34 weekends in the year 2010

8.  Southern Africa                       has     5 communities and wil lgive     18 weekends in the year 2010

9.  Spain                                      has     4 communities and will give    10 weekends in the year 2010

10.Oceania                                  has     4 communities and will give      9 weekends in the year 2010

11.India                                       has     2 communities and will give      5 weekends in the year 2010

12.South America South  ( no reporting)

 

 



 

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