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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
Published: May 3, 2018
The diocesan Hispanic Ministry Office will sponsor its Encuentros de Promoción Juvenil # 27 (Encounters of Youth Promotion) weekend for single, young men ages 18-27 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock on June 7-10. The deadline to register is May 9. The cost is $110 per person. To attend, download and return the registration form with fee to the address provided.
Encuentros de Promoción Juvenil (EPJ) is a Catholic movement for youth to evangelize their peers to accept the Gospel, live their vocation and take on leadership roles in Christian groups in their communities. It is modeled after Cursillo and presented in Spanish.
EPJ's educational approach emphasizes human and spiritual development, group work, community prayer, Mass attendance, reflection and the sharing of experiences. EPJ announces and bears witness to Christ by rallying young people around the fundamental values of Christianity and helping them to mature in the faith.
The movement was founded by Father José Maria Pujadas Ferrer in Medellín, Colombia in 1968. The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity recognized EPJ as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right in 1996.
Today, the program is operating in 14 countries including the United States. An emproista is the name given to a person who has made an EJP weekend. Each year, emproistas celebrate Dec. 9 as International EPJ Day to honor the program's founder Father Pujadas, who died on Dec. 9, 1984.
For more information, contact Sr. Ana Luisa Diaz Vazquez, MCP, associate director of Hispanic youth ministry, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 320.