multicultural MINISTRIES                     

    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                   

    Catholic Diocese of Arlington

    About the Office

    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.

    usccb president calls for national day of prayer for peace and unity on september 9

    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.

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    BC - Fr. Augustus Tolton Icon

    fr. augustus tolton icon commissioned

    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.


    Follow our Twitter account (@CDAcultures) for updates on global and local multicultural information, stories, events and engagements. Follow us here!

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    Human Trafficking Awareness

    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. 

    multicultural news

    • In light of recent shootings and violence in the U.S. and abroad, click here to read a reflective homily from Deacon Al Anderson, Jr.

    • The USCCB President, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, KY, released a statement on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, calling for "unity and perseverance to continue the vital work begun in the Act for the respect of human dignity." Read the full statement here. 


    Asian & Pacific Islander

    • Listen to Philippine born tenor, Allan Palacios Chan, Jr. at the St. Thomas More Cathedral, as he performs in concert on Friday, February 13th at 8:00 p.m.! Click here for more info.

    • In 2014, Pope Francis showed the importance of Asia for the Church. Click here to read more.

    • The APIASF (Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund) General Scholarship & the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program applications are now available! Click here for more information. 

    • Novena for Religious Freedom
      Pope Francis has asked us to pray this Novena in honor of Christians being persecuted in the Middle East & elsewhere

    • Pope Francis to visit the Philippines in January 2015
      Program coming soon.

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    • The Eritreans are pleased to welcome the first native Eritrean priest, Father Hagos, to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington! He will be celebrating his first mass on Sunday, November 23rd at 2:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, VA.


    • Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is to speak at Catholic University! He is planning to deliver the annual Cardinal John Dearden Lecture on "Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years: An Asian Reception" on March 2nd at 4:30 p.m. at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-319-5683.

    • Paaralang Pinoy, a culture and language enrichment program of the Filipino Ministry of Northern Virginia is presenting a series of workshops called A Slice of Pinoy at Our Lady of Good Counsel. These workshops will feature hands-on activities to give our young ones a taste of Pinoy food and cooking, games, and plenty of new Filipino words. For dates and more information, click here.




    • Apostleship of the Sea United States of America (AOS-USA) Annual Board Meeting in Dania, Florida from April 21-23. Click here for more information.

    • Maritime Day Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on May 24th at 12:00 p.m. A Roundel for Our Lady Star of the Sea will be installed.

    • North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada from September 29-October 3

    • United States Mission Congress in Houston, TX from October 1-4. Theme: Witnessing Mission: Called to be Missionary Disciples. The Congress will explore our baptismal call to be missionary disciples and how the evangelization mission of the Church compels us to encounter culture. Register online here. 

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    • Congratulations to the Very Reverend Canon Philip S. Majka from the Diocese of Arlington, who will be accepting the Special Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Council for Polish Culture Convention in downtown Buffalo, NY the weekend of August 1st.


    • Heartsongs: Tam Tinh Ca is a Catholic music ministry based in the Arlington Diocese and is comprised of volunteer Vietnamese-American singers and musicians ranging from ages 7 to 83 years old. Heartsongs performs in both English and Vietnamese and is fun for all ages! To view the Heartsongs 2015 concert schedule, click here. 

    Welcoming the Stranger



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    take action in prayer

    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!

    upcoming events

    • You're invited to attend the monthly Portuguese Mass at Missionhurst Chapel on the 3rd Sunday of every month at 4:00 p.m.

    • September 5: Our Lady of La Vang Vietnamese Community Mid-Autumn Festival - Come out to St. Veronica's parish hall for a festival from 6-10pm! More details to come. All are welcome!

    • September 9: Rosary Across America Conference Call - 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.

    • September 10: Sisters in the Spirit (Archdiocese of Washington) Jazz Prayer Breakfast - More information to come! 

    • September 10 - Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni 19th Annual National Pilgrimage - Join the Indian American Catholic Association at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. for an afternoon Pilgrimage with Bishop Mario Eduardo Dorsonville-Rodriguez. For more information on the event, click here. 

    • October 1: St. Timothy's International Festival - Celebrate the rich ethnic diversity that comprises the Arlington Diocese at the 4th Annual International Festival at St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Chantilly, VA. 

    • October 8: Bowling Party hosted by Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary, Court 398! Knock down some pins at the Fort Belvoir Bowling Alley from 5-8pm to fundraise for the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary! Admission is $40 for for adults and $30 for children under 12. Admission includes shoes, fountain drinks, and a 2-hour buffet! For ticket information, contact Sharon McCarter.

    • October 22: Tea Time with the Oblate Sisters of Providence - Enjoy Tea Time at Our Lady of Mount Providence Sacred Heart Hall in Baltimore, MD at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $35. For a full table (7 seats), the price is $245.00 If interested in attending, please contact Phyllis Johnson

    • November 5: Black Catholic Minkisi Retreat at Our Lady Queen of Peace - More information to come!

    • January 2017: XXV National Gathering of the Circus and Traveling Show Ministries, St. Martha's Catholic Church, Sarasota, Florida. For more information, please contact David Corrales.

    • January 20: Our Lady of La Vang Vietnamese Tet (New Year) Celebration - Join the Vietnamese Community of Our Lady of La Vang at St. Veronica's parish for a New Years celebration from 6-10pm. All are welcome!

    • July 6-9, 2017: Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress, The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: Act Justly, Love Goodness & Walk Humbly with God - Join the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, FL for this weekend of spiritual growth, historical awareness, social justice issues, human life, marriage and family life, youth and young adults engagement. Click here for more information. 

    • For additional events, please visit our calendar. Visit here to learn more about our office and staff.