Office of Multicultural Ministries

In 2004, Bishop Paul S. Loverde, the third Bishop of Arlington, established the Office of Multicultural Ministries as a response to the pastoral needs of the diocese and to the pastoral letter of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) entitled Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity. Looking for a Mass in a specific language? Check out the schedule of Multicultural Masses offered in the Diocese of Arlington. 

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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Mass & Reception for Homeschool Families with Bishop Burbidge

All homeschool families are invited to join in a special Mass with Bishop Michael Burbidge at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. A light reception will follow immediately after Mass. RSVP by October 20, 2017 to catholicschools@arlingtondiocese.org.

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News, Events and Activities

Check out the many news updates, activities and events from the various ministries within our office.

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'Multicultural Mass Brings Nations Together at Queen of Apostles in Alexandria'

Did you miss this year's Diocesan Multicultural Mass? Read about the combined multicultural choir, cultural traditions and diversity within our diocese in an article written in The Arlington Catholic Herald. Watch Bishop Burbidge's homily from the Multicultural Mass here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6QUn3kn_Ik&t=4s

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Welcome, Seminarian Daniel Rice!

This summer, the Office of Multicultural Ministries welcomes Seminarian Daniel Rice to their office for his summer assignment. Daniel just finished his fourth year of seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. He has five years of seminary formation remaining. This summer, while with our office, Daniel hopes to visit each cultural community within our diocese and attend as many multicultural Masses and events as he possibly can! After each Mass and event, Daniel will be writing an article for our blog, describing his experiences. Please help us welcome Daniel to our office!

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Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times

On March 22, the USCCB released a press release entitled, "Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times," which is a pastoral reflection in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States.

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Pope Francis Gives Us 4 Verbs on Migration: Welcome, Protect, Promote, Integrate

On February 21, Pope Francis released an official address to participants in the international forum on "Migration and Peace." In his address, he said, "The beginning of this third millennium is very much characterized by migratory movement which, in terms of origin, transit and destination, involves nearly every part of the world. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases this movement is forced, caused by conflict, natural disasters, persecution, climate change, violence, extreme poverty and inhumane living conditions... Our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate."

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Bishop Burbidge Affirms Need for Immigration Reform

The following statement was released by Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, on January 26, 2017: Yesterday Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the Committee of Migration and Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, issued a statement available below. In solidarity with Bishop Vasquez and my brother bishops, it is my hope and prayer that our elected officials will respond to the needs of our immigrants and their families in a way that respects their dignity as human persons, and that all entrusted with the protection and safety of our nation will carry out these sacred duties and responsibilities in a fair, just and responsible manner.

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Pope Francis Releases Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

"Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions."

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Diversity Scholarship Available!

For anyone interested in seeking a graduate degree, Diversity Scholarships are available to students interested in any graduate degree at Divine Mercy University.

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Check Out What's Going On with the Catholic Church around the World

Learn more about the advancements with the Catholic Church in countries all around the world, from the Americas, to Europe, to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Vatican Radio website provides such information, keeping Catholics across the world up-to-date with the Catholic Church.

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