Meet Our Palm Beach Campus Leaders
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We are so grateful for this team of Leaders and all the incredible persons it took to bring Encounter to Palm Beach. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bishop Barbarito for blessing us to be here in the Diocese of Palm Beach! OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE - We're here to be a resource to pastors, ministry leaders, and all those who are hungry to see renewal and transformation in their communities and individual spheres of influence through the power and love of the Holy Spirit. As an officially recognized apostolate of the Catholic Church, we offer our support in the mission of the New Evangelization and seek to draw the Church together in accordance with Church teachings and tradition:
"In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission. Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. But the laity likewise share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have their own share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.(2)
They exercise the apostolate in fact by their activity directed to the evangelization and sanctification of men and to the penetrating and perfecting of the temporal order through the spirit of the Gospel. In this way, their temporal activity openly bears witness to Christ and promotes the salvation of men. Since the laity, in accordance with their state of life, live in the midst of the world and its concerns, they are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ...
For the exercise of this apostolate, the Holy Spirit Who sanctifies the people of God through ministry and the sacraments gives the faithful special gifts also (cf. 1 Cor. 12:7), "allotting them to everyone according as He wills" (1 Cor. 12:11) in order that individuals, administering grace to others just as they have received it, may also be "good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10), to build up the whole body in charity (cf. Eph. 4:16). From the acceptance of these charisms, including those which are more elementary, there arise for each believer the right and duty to use them in the Church and in the world for the good of men and the building up of the Church, in the freedom of the Holy Spirit who "breathes where He wills" (John 3:8). This should be done by the laity in communion with their brothers in Christ, especially with their pastors who must make a judgment about the true nature and proper use of these gifts not to extinguish the Spirit but to test all things and hold for what is good (cf. 1 Thess. 5:12,19,21).(4)"
(DECREE ON THE APOSTOLATE OF THE LAITY APOSTOLICAM ACTUOSITATEM, SOLEMNLY PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS, POPE PAUL VI ON NOVEMBER 18, 1965)
We are your Encounter Ministries Palm Beach Campus - and we're here to support and to serve! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @EncounterSoFLo for more highlights from our first year and to see how our students are encountering Jesus. Come Holy Spirit!