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 us for simbang gabi, a novena of masses leading up to the birth of christ

    Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Tradition in which a novena of Masses are held to spiritually prepare for the birth of Christ on Christmas Day. The novena of Masses take place from Thursday, December 15 - Friday, December 23 at numerous churches throughout the Diocese of Arlington. All are welcome! Click here for the full schedule of Masses. 

    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!


    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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    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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    BLACK CATHOLIC young adult survey

    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. 

    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. 

    • December 3: Morning of Reflection - Join Presenter Fr. Daniel P. Leary, Pastor of St. Andrew Church, for a Morning Reflection, Presentation, Praise and Worship at St. Andrew Apostle Church in Silver Spring, MD. The day will begin with Mass at 9:00 a.m. and Morning Prayer begins at 9:40. $25 donation is requested, and lunch is included. To register, click here. Hosted by the Caribbean Catholics of North America, Inc.

    • December 3: Our Hope - Coming of God's Light in the Season of Advent - Join Guest Speaker Mr. John Mitchell from 9-11 a.m. for a morning spiritual retreat. John Mitchell has worked closely with the Special Assistant to the Bishop for Evangelization and Media for the Diocese of Arlington and was involved in organizing the 2014 evangelization conference "Risk Jesus." Please RSVP by Dec. 1st. All are welcome!

    • 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! 

    • December 17: Wait for the Lord: An Advent Adoration Concert - Join us for a FREE Advent Adoration Concert at St. Philip Catholic Church at 8:00 p.m. Beautiful music will be sung and played by Heartsongs: Tam Tinh Ca, a well renowned Vietnamese Choir. Don't miss it!

    • 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.