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.


    Join the Black Catholic Ministries of the Diocese of Arlington's Office of Multicultural Ministries as they host a "conference call" style rosary on Wednesday, August 3 at 12 noon EST. Please prayerfully consider joining us as we beseech the Blessed Mother's intercession for an end to racial injustice, terrorism, and other attacks on the dignity of human life. All are welcome! Click here to learn how to participate or for more information.

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    WE would like to share and promote the following prayers among the many diverse catholics of our diocese

    Prayer for an End to Racism
    By: John Bucki, SJ

    Lord, Jesus Christ
    who reached across the ethnic boundaries
    between Samaritan, Roman and Jew
    who offered fresh sight to the blind and freedom to captives,
    help us to break down the barriers in our community,
    enable us to see the reality of racism and bigotry,
    and free us to challenge and uproot it
    from ourselves, our society and our world.

    Prayer of Healing of Racism
    By: Education for Justice

    O God,
    Your children of all colors
    have been hurt by racism.
    Help us heal together.
    Help us do the inner work,
    to be open to your grace,
    and to be the "balm in Gilead" 
    so our hearts are converted,
    and we can join hands
    to do the constructive work
    of love and justice.


    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.

    Black Catholic 


    • 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. 

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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.

    • July 30: Krakow in the Capital - A Catholic festival for young adults (18-39) is coming to the nation's capital in honor of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland from July 25-31. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington is co-sponosring Krakow in the Capital for those who cannot travel to Poland for the festivities. Instead, the festivities are coming to you! Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing people, married or single, will be welcomed to participate in all of these exciting activities! There will be a live streaming of this event and the evening will include a tasty Polish Dinner. 

    • August 2-5: North American Maritime Ministry Association Annual Conference - This conference will be 2016's largest and most diverse gathering of seafarers' welfare providers in the world. This conference seeks to encourage further work and equip for better work. The conference will be held at Renaissance Portsmouth Norfolk Waterfront Hotel in Portsmouth, VA. Click here to register or for more information. 

    • August 6: Manassas African-American Heritage Festival - Come for a day of food, family & fun at Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Road, Manassas, VA 20110. Enjoy live entertainment, children's games, free school supplies for students, over 100 vendors, a classic car show, and more! Click here for additional information.

    • August 20: "Come and You will See" - Korean American Catholic Day of Prayer and Vocation Conference. Join us for workshops in Korean and English, with Korean American clergy and religious, to explore and deepen our Catholic faith through vocational awareness at St. Paul Chung Catholic Church. Registration begins at 10:30am. Click here for the full schedule. Click here to view the flyer in Korean.

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

    • 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 with the Oblate Sisters of Providence - More info to come! Save the Date!

    • 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.