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Archdiocesan news briefs for February 2021

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Encuentros Juveniles earns national recognition


Encuentros Juveniles, the archdiocesan movement for young people, has been awarded the St. Katharine Drexel Pathway Award from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. The award recognizes innovative diocesan-level initiatives “that empower, equip, and accompany young people as they navigate the path of growing into missionary discipleship.”

The award was announced at a virtual ceremony Feb. 3, 2021.

Founded in Miami in 1973, Encuentros Juveniles is dedicated to the evangelization of Hispanic young people between the ages of 16 and 23. It is so youth-centric that it is run by the young people themselves. They prepare the weekend retreats, give the “charlas” or talks, and lead the follow-up formation meetings Monday nights. Encuentros Juveniles has served as a font of vocations for the archdiocese, and many “Encuentristas” now serve as priests and religious in South Florida. 

Respect Life seeks volunteers


Volunteers are essential to the Archdiocese of Miami Respect Life Ministry, especially the operations of its five Pregnancy Help Centers. The office trains volunteers to serve in different capacities, according to their interests, talents and abilities. To learn more, call 954-981-2922 or submit a volunteer application by going to:

Learn Natural Family Planning

Those preparing for a new marriage or seeking to enrich their marriage are invited to learn about Natural Family Planning, a medically safe, morally acceptable and highly effective method of both postponing and achieving pregnancy.

An introductory session for the “Creighton Model” of NFP will be offered online in English March 23 at 7: 30 p.m. and in Spanish March 25 at 7:30 p.m. To register for the English session go to: To register for the Spanish session go to

Archdiocese partners with Villanova School of Business

The Archdiocese of Miami has a new partnership with the Villanova School of Business to support students in the online Master of Science in Church Management degree. The unique program bridges ministry and management for people working in parish and diocesan offices and other apostolates. This two-year online graduate degree is for people working full-time who want to learn how to organize, plan, steward, and lead their ministries more effectively.

Thanks to Villanova benefactors, students from any church or ministry within the archdiocese are eligible for a scholarship from Villanova University that will cover up to half of the tuition. To learn more, visit: or contact Chesley Turner, director of the Villanova Center for Church Management, at 610-519-6015 or [email protected].

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