In 2004, Bishop Paul S. Loverde established the Office of Multicultural Ministries in the Diocese of Arlington 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.
The Office of Multicultural Ministries seeks to serve all ethnic communities located in the Diocese of Arlington and to serve as a resource to newcomers. We have assisted many immigrants within our diocese to join in parish and diocesan activities that are respectful to their cultures and enrich the lives of the immigrants within our Church.
On July 21st, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) encouraged all dioceses throughout the U.S. to participate in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities, in light of various recent incidents of violence and racial tension throughout our country. Please unite with us on The Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on September 9, on the Feast of St. Peter Claver. Click here to learn more.
Father Augustus Tolton, who is up for canonization, is the first identified black priest is the United States. Because of his race, he was denied admittance to seminaries in the U.S., but was accepted in Rome, where he was ordained a priest. He was sent back to the U.S. after his ordination and served as a priest until his death in 1987. Click here to read more about Fr. Augustus Tolton and his newly commissioned icon.
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Learn more about Human Trafficking: what it is; the myths and misconceptions; indicators of human trafficking; and how to get involved. Want more information? Contact Bill Woolf, Lead Investigator for the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.
Asian & Pacific Islander
Want to nominate someone for the Father Augustus Tolton & Mother Mary Lange Black Catholic Service Award? Click here to fill out the application! All applications should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Catholic Diocese of ArlingtonOffice of Multicultural Ministries200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 820Arlington, VA 22203
Welcoming the Stranger
The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) invites Black Catholics and all people of good will to join in a time of prayer and action. They believe in the power for prayer and believe that we must cooperate with how God will answer our prayers. Hence, the NBCC asks us to join them in offering this prayer from Monday, July 18 to Monday, August 15:
"O God, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself, fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor, that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, each human person may be brought to perfection, every division may be removed, and equity and justice may be established in human society. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen."
Our office has established an online blog that will keep our ministries and followers up-to-date with everything that is going on in our Multicultural Communities. Check out this webpage to see frequent updates and stories!
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