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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.


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.

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.

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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