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 December 10, 2016, Fr. Augustus Tolton's remains were exhumed at St. Peter Cemetary in Quincy, Illinois, taking his cause for canonization a step further. According to National Catholic Reporter, "While digging up Tolton's grave may seem like a macabre undertaking and the antithesis of the prayer 'may they rest in peace,' it is actually a reverent and well thought out part of church law regarding the remains of holy people." Read the full article here.
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.
For anyone interested in seeking a graduate degree, Diversity Scholarships are available at the Institute for Psychological Science, Divine Mercy University. For more information, please click here. Scholarships are available for up to $3,000.
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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.
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Welcoming the Stranger
Our office is examining the decline in religious participation among Black Catholic Young Adults (ages 18-35), in preparation for a larger discussion during our diocesan preparation for the 2017 Black Catholic Congress. We recognize that this is a universal concern in our church. Therefore, we will share the outcomes and trends gleaned from this survey to all of the diocesan parishes to use as deemed appropriate to promote the increased involvement of our Catholic Young Adults. We appreciate your support! Please take this survey to help our research efforts.
The Asian and Pacific Catholic Network (APCN) is raising funds to help the victims of the flood disaster in Louisiana and the earthquake in Italy.
In Louisiana, more than 110,000 homes were damaged, with 13 known fatalities. 265,000 children have been displaced from school. This flood has been declared the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
In central Italy, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck on August 24, 2016. Nearly 300 people were killed, with dozens injured. Thousands of people are now homeless, as most buildings were reduced to rubble.
Please donate to help those affected in both Louisiana and Italy. Donations will be split equally between Catholic Charities in Louisiana for flood relief efforts, and Catholic Relief Services to help the earthquake victims in Italy.
Click here to learn how and where to donate.
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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