SCHOLARSHIPS: The National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry has donated $5,000 to be earmarked for young people to attend Encuentro 2000: Many Faces in God's House, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, July 6-9. In addition The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has agreed to provide up to $50,000 in scholarships, to encourage participation of low-income people and those coming from under-represented ethnic groups. These donations are added to the $25,000 donated by the St. Louis Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The Scholarship money increases funds available for assistance to persons otherwise unable to participate due to economic limitations. Local matching funds from a parish, diocese, organization, or fundraising effort will be urged. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first served basis and not exceed $500. Scholarships will be used for housing, meals, and registration. Travel funds must be secured by the participant. Scholarship applications can be found on the Web at www.encuentro2000.org or by requesting an application via fax (202) 722-8717, attention Scholarship Committee.
BANNERS: Dioceses and national organizations are invited to design a banner representing the diocese or organization to be hung at Encuentro 2000. Only one banner per diocese/organization will be used. Please call 202-541-3413 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate who will coordinate local banner efforts. Fire regulations require that all banners be purchased from SDC Convention Services. Orders can be placed by calling 323-888-9855 or faxing 323-888-1799. Banners are $75 each plus 8.25% tax (shipping and handling included). Banners are 3' by 6' white canvas with grommets along one of the 3' ends and can be decorated with any kind of paint. To be included, the banner must be returned to SDC Convention Services no later than Friday, June 16. A shipping label will be included with your purchase of the blank canvas banner. At the end of Encuentro 2000, banners may be reclaimed at the Information Desk in the South Hall Lobby on Sunday, July 9 between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Banners not claimed at that time will be discarded. If you have questions about the banners, contact 202-541-3385.
EXTENSION: The Catholic Church Extension Society has awarded a $50,000 grant to Encuentro 2000. The grant is for general expenses.
REGISTRATION: More than 50,000 registration books have been distributed to parish and diocesan leaders and to members of national organizations. Copies of the registration book may be ordered by phone (202-541-3413), fax (202-722-8717) or by email (email@example.com). Registration materials can also be found on the Internet at www.encuentro2000.org. You can actually register for Encuentro 2000 and secure housing for the conference on-line by credit card, or you can download the forms and register by mail, phone, or fax.
BISHOPS: More than 50 bishops already have signed up for Encuentro 2000. Among the first to register are Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, Archbishop Patrick Flores, Archbishop William Levada, Archbishop Michael Sheehan, Archbishop John Vlazny, Bishop Emilio Allué, Bishop Robert Baker, Bishop Stephen Blaire, Bishop Kevin Britt, Bishop Tod Brown, Bishop Edmond Carmody, Bishop Gilbert Chàvez, Bishop John Cummins, Bishop Thomas Curry, Bishop Thomas Daily, Bishop Michael Driscoll, Bishop John Dunne, Bishop Joseph Fierenza, Bishop Richard Garcia, Bishop John Gaydos, Bishop Wilton Gregory, Bishop Curtis Guillory, Bishop Richard Hanifen, Bishop James Hoffman, Bishop William Houck, Bishop Roger Kaffer, Bishop Robert Lynch, Bishop Henry Mansell, Bishop James Murray, Bishop George Murry, Bishop William Newman, Bishop Armando Ochoa, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Bishop Donald Pelotte, Bishop Raymundo Peña, Bishop Joseph Perry, Bishop Michael Pfeifer, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, Bishop Placido Rodríguez, Bishop Augustin Román, Bishop Peter Rosazza, Bishop Sylvester Ryan, Bishop Carlos Sevilla, Bishop Terry Steib, Bishop John Steinbock, Bishop Philip Straling, Bishop Arthur Tafoya, Bishop James Tamayo, Bishop Kenneth Untener, Bishop Daniel Walsh, Bishop Michael Warfel, Bishop Gerald Wilkerson and Bishop Gabino Zavala.
DIOCESES: Several dioceses have established delegations to represent their people at Encuentro 2000. Among them are the (arch)diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana; Arlington, Virginia; Boise, Idaho; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Brooklyn, New York; Brownsville, Texas; Buffalo, New York; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Chicago, Illinois; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Denver, Colorado; Dodge City, Kansas; Dubuque, Iowa; El Paso, Texas; Fresno, California; Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana; Galveston-Houston, Texas; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; Joliet, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri; Lafayette in Indiana; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Louisville, Kentucky; Los Angeles, California; Lubbock, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Monterey, California; Oakland, California; Orange, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; Providence, Rhode island; Pueblo, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; Reno, Nevada; Richmond, Virginia; Sacramento, California; Saginaw, Michigan; St. Cloud, Minnesota; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; San Angelo, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Shreveport, Louisiana; Toledo, Ohio; Wichita, Kansas; Worcester, Massachusetts; Yakima, Washington; Youngstown, Ohio.
WEB: To keep atop Encuentro 2000 developments go frequently to encuentro2000.org