WASHINGTON (March 29, 2000) – The Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States of America, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and the National Foundation for Catholic Youth have donated up to $105,000 to Encuentro 2000:Many Faces in God's House.
Encuentro is the U.S. bishops' national Jubilee Year event slated for the Los Angeles Convention Center, July 6-9.
Extension donated $50,000 to the Encuentro 2000 general fund.
CCHD agreed to give"up to $50,000" in scholarship funding "if needed." The funds will be taken from CCHD's 25th Anniversary Cardinal Dearden Fund.
The National Foundation for Catholic Youth granted $5,000 for scholarships for youth and young adult participation in Encuentro 2000. The scholarships are to be administered by Encuentro 2000 which announced its scholarship program in February.
Encuentro 2000 scholarships are designed to give financial assistance to persons who otherwise would be unable to participate due to economic limitations.
According to Encuentro 2000 guidelines
- Priority will be given to members of low income families and under-represented groups.
- Local matching funds from a parish, diocese, organization, or fund raising effort will be urged.
- Scholarships will be awarded on a first come first served basis and will not exceed $500.
- Scholarships will be used for housing, meals, and registration.
- Travel funds must be secured by the participant.
Previous Encuentro meetings have focused on Hispanics in the Church. For the Jubilee Year 2000, however, the Bishops' Committee on Hispanic Affairs has sought to broaden its outreach by hosting the event for all groups.
Encuentro 2000 will include key addresses by people from several nations as well as liturgies, workshops, an international food festival, music and dance by various ethnic groups and other celebrations to highlight the many faces of the Church.
More information on Encuentro 2000 can be found at www.Encuentro2000.org or by calling 202-541-3413.