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.

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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.

    diversity scholarship available 

    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.


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


    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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    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.


    • 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.



    Native American


    • 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.


    • Tune into the Holy Martyrs of Vietnam broadcasting program called Gospel Witness at 9am on Sundays on the following channels: WRLD CHANNEL 30: Cox Cable in Falls Church and Fairfax County; Verizon FIOS TV: Falls Church, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Leesburg, Prince William County, Stafford County, and Fredericksburg. All broadcasts are also posted to YouTube prior to their cable showing. Please click here to view those broadcasts.

    • 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! 

    Welcoming the Stranger



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    did you know november is black catholic history month? 

    The month of November honors African, African American, and Caribbean men and women who have impacted the Catholic faith. During Black Catholic History Month, several events will be held in the Arlington Diocese (please see events section below for further information). To learn more about Black Catholic History month and African Catholic Saints, click here. To read an article by America Magazine that celebrates Black Catholic History Month, click here. Lastly, click here for an article that delves deeper into the history and traditions of Black Catholics.

    disaster relief appeal for louisiana flood & italian earthquake

    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.

    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. 

    • 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

    • October 29: Crab Feast at the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department - All are welcome for an 'All You Can Eat' Crab Feast at 7011 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA from 2-5pm. Menu items include crabs, hush puppies, hot dogs, cole saw, corn on the cob, and soft and hard drinks. Ticket prices are $45 for adults and $25 for children. Sponsored by the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary, #398 of St. Joseph's Church in Alexandria, VA.

    • November 5: My Brother's Keeper - A Concert for Comfort & Hope - Join Que-Thanh-Le, Catholic singer-songwriter and founder/director of Heartsongs TTC, for an evening of song, remembrance and prayer. The concert will begin at 8pm at St. Philip Catholic Church in Falls Church, VA. FREE ADMISSION.

    • November 5: Black Catholic Minkisi Retreat at Our Lady Queen of Peace - "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy" (Matthew 5:7). All are welcome at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington, VA from 9am - 3pm for a full-day retreat. The Retreat Director is Ms. Therese WIlson Favors. For the full schedule and more information on the retreat director, click here. Pre-registration required by November 1, 2016. 

    • November 5: Mass Commemorating Black Catholic History Month at St. Jude Catholic Church - Join the parishioners of St. Jude on Saturday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m. for a Mass commemorating Black Catholic History Month, which is November. All are welcome!

    • November 6: Black Catholic History Month Display at St. Joseph's - All are welcome at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alexandria on November 6 for a Black Catholic History Month display in the Parish Hall. Details and time TBD.

    • November 12: Catch a Private Screening of Movie "Ignacio DeLoyola" - Ignacio DeLoyola, a movie about a soldier, sinner, and saint, based on true events, will be shown at Our Lady of Good Counsel in the Parish Hall beginning at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. All proceeds will go towards the Filipino American Catholic Ministry. Click here for more information.

    • November 19: Black Catholic History Month Day of Reflection and Unity Mass - All are welcome at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Vienna for a full-day event beginning at 7:30am. Join the many speakers that will discuss topics of Marriage and Preparing for National Black Catholic Congress XII. Following the Day of Reflection will be the Unity Mass celebrating African, African-American and Caribbean Catholics at 5:00pm. Celebrant and Homilist will be Bishop John H. Ricard. You must preregister for the Day of Reflection by emailing our office.

    • November 19: Filipino Ministry Dinner-Dance Fundraiser - Join the FIlipino-American Ministry for a Saturday Night Fever from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the St. Bernadette School Gym! Buffet Dinner will be served and all funds will support the Filipino-American Catholic Ministry and their diocesan Simbang Gabi, a nine-day novena in preparation for the birth of Christ from Dec. 15-23. Tickets are $25. To learn more about the event and how to buy a ticket, click here!

    • November 20: Parol-Making Workshop - Prepare for Christmas by making your own Christmas Lantern (Parol) at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Vienna from 2-4pm. Parols are part of the Filipino tradition and are often hung in the Philippines around Christmas time. All are welcome! Space is limited, so sign up today be emailing Claireen Enciso

    • November 25: Patron Saint Celebration at Holy Martyrs of Vietnam - All are welcome at this celebration at Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Catholic Church! The event will begin at 6pm, with a procession of the Holy Martyrs. A special Mass will be offered at 7pm, featuring the combined choirs of Holy Martyrs of Vietnam and Our Lady of Lavang. A buffet dinner will follow Mass at 8:30pm in the church basement.

    • December 12 - 14: Advent Retreat at Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish- Join parishioners of Holy Martyrs of Vietnam for an Advent Retreat lead and directed by Rev. Joseph Cuong Huy Hoang, O.P. at Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Parish. Each day will include a presentation from 7-8:30 p.m., with Confession available from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. All are welcome! 

    • December 15 - 16: Advent Retreat at St. Veronica's - Join the Our Lady of LaVang Community for an Advent Retreat lead and directed by Rev. Joseph Cuong Huy Hoang, O.P. at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly, VA. Each day will include a presentation from 7-8:30 p.m., with Confession available from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. All are welcome! 

    • 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. 

    • September 9, 2017: Second Annual Korean American Vocational Conference. More details TBD

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