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African and African American Communities

The Office of Multicultural Ministries provides pastoral ministry support to a variety of African and African American communities. These include, but are not limited to, Black Catholic, Cameroon, Eritrean, Ghanaian, Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver and Sisters in the Spirit.

Veronica Dabney

Veronica Dabney Receives ‘Tolton Award’

Veronica Dabney, a parishioner of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church in Arlington, is the 2021 recipient of diocesan Black Catholic Ministries’ Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange award. The news was announced this month as part of Black History Month.

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Dr. King

In Light of MLK Day, Bishop Burbidge Urges An Examination of Conscience

Patrick Riley came dressed for the occasion. At the Mass in Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church sported a pin of the civil rights leader, a token he received for donating to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. His tie featured smiling children of different ethnicities. He wore a red checked shirt, “because I think of him as a martyr,” said Riley.

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Archbishop Gregory

First African American Cardinal For U.S.

WASHINGTON — Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, installed as Washington’s archbishop in May 2019, thanked Pope Francis “with a very grateful and humble heart” for naming him one of 13 new cardinals Oct. 25.

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Racism2019

New Advisory Council Will Develop Strategic Plan To Address Racism

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge named 14 Black lay leaders and clergy from across the diocese to a new Advisory Council on Racism Oct. 1. The council members, appointed for three-year terms, will meet at least quarterly to draw up a strategic plan for addressing racism in the diocese.

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Racism2019

Arlington’s Black Catholics Say Racism Is ‘The Other Virus'

Another unarmed black man dead at the hands of police. This time, a video showed an officer kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed man, George Floyd, who said repeatedly before he died that he could not breathe and reportedly called out for his mother.

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Deacon Al and Jerry Cousin

Service Award Honors Ministry to Black Catholics

The diocesan Office of Multicultural Ministries awarded the Fr. Augustus Tolton and Mother Lange Black Catholic Service Award to Jerry Cousin at Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling Nov. 24. The award, given annually to a person who has worked tirelessly to support the Black Catholic population in the diocese, was presented at the end of the Mass for Black Catholic History Month.

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Beverly Anderson

Father Tolton and Mary Lange Award Nominations

The Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange Award is given to an individual who works diligently, tirelessly and effortlessly among the Black Catholic community of our diocese, to promote and further evangelization. The award recipient is nominated by peers and selected by the nomination committee. Submit your nomination today!

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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