Native American, South American, Migrant and Hearing Impaired Catholic Communities

We have a small Native American Community within the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, however there are many events offered for those of Native American descent. Contact our office for more information on the diocesan Native American Community.


While many Catholics from various South American countries reside within the Diocese of Arlington, our most prominent South American community is the Brazilian Catholic Community. Our Brazilian Community celebrates Mass in Portuguese on the third Sunday of each month at Missionhurst in Arlington. They additionally have CCD and Youth Group, and hold several events and fundraisers throughout the year.

To connect with other Brazilian and Portuguese speaking Catholics in the Diocese of Arlington, visit the Facebook page


Our Migrant Catholic Community is also quite small, but still present in the Diocese of Arlington. One of our larger migrant Catholic communities is our Caribbean Community. For more information on the diocesan Caribbean Community, please contact our office.


We offer regular monthly ASL (American Sign Language) and CART (Captioned) Masses for our Deaf and Hearing Impaired Ministry within the Diocese of Arlington. The Mass schedule changes on a monthly basis, so please check our Multicultural Mass Schedule for the available monthly Masses. 

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Finding God In the Caribbean

Sylvia Bibby sits in her cozy living room on Caroline Street in Fredericksburg where she lives with Norman, her husband of 62 years. Surrounded by the artwork of their two grown daughters, the 82-year-old’s thoughts soar miles away to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean — the place where she received God’s gift of faith.

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New Mexico’s St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine Honors Patron Saint of Native Americans

Catholic architect Erik Boostma, a former parishioner of the Diocese of Arlington who now works and lives in Richmond, primarily works on churches and renovations. His latest project is a little different — though still a center for spirituality and devotion — he’s designed a new shrine dedicated to St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Gallup, N.M.

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Native American Woman Serves Her Neighbors From Alaska To Maine

Nestled in the arms of the Penobscot River in eastern Maine is a place called Indian Island. Today, it is home to more than 600 members of the Native American Penobscot Tribe. For more than 400 years, they have lived and worshipped as Catholics, a religion they adopted after the arrival of French missionaries in the early 1600s.

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Bishops Approve Canonical Step for Sainthood Cause for Lakota Catechist

The U.S. Bishops have approved by voice vote the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore. Sought by Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota, the voice vote is in keeping with the Episcopal consultation process as a step in the Catholic Church’s process toward declaring a person a saint.

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Pope Francis Releases Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

"Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions."

Read Pope Francis's Full Message
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Learn about the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

Many historians say the history of the Mardi Gras Indians go back to when African slaves would run and hide in the bayous around Louisiana. It was there that the Native Americans would take in the escaped slave and thus this tradition came about.

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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.

View Our Mass Schedule
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Justice for Immigrants

Justice for Immigrants (JFI) is the Catholic campaign for immigration reform, established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The primary objectives of Justice for Immigrants are to educate the public, especially the Catholic community, about Church teaching on migrants and immigrants; to create political will for positive immigration reform; to enact legislative and administrative reforms based on the principles articulated by the U.S. bishops; and to organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants in obtaining benefits of the reforms.

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