• USCCB Pastoral Letter to Asian and Pacific Islander Catholics

    "Encountering Christ in Harmony:A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters"

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Office of Multicultural Ministries

In 2004, Bishop Paul S. Loverde, the third Bishop of Arlington, established the Office of Multicultural Ministries 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. Looking for a Mass in a specific language? Check out the schedule of Multicultural Masses offered in the Diocese of Arlington. 

 

 

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Pilgrimage to Emmitsburg

Join Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg, MD. The two shrines within this pilgrimage are at separate locations and require a 6-minute drive. Transportation to Emmitsburg is not provided, but some parishes are coordinating buses. Please contact your parish for possible travel arrangements.

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Advisory Council on Racism

Bishop Burbidge announced the decision to form an Advisory Council on Racism at the Requiem for the Black Children of God, a prayer service held in early August, to be comprised of Black Catholic leaders, including clergy, lay men and lay women. Candidates were considered after receiving recommendations from pastors, The Office of Multicultural Ministries, and other ministry leaders.

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New book shares ideas to engage Asian Catholics

"The diocesan Office of Multicultural Ministries is ramping up outreach to the Asian and Pacific Island (API) Catholic community through a new book, 'Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters, published by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops'..."

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announces Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters

Approved by the U.S. bishops during their Spring 2018 General Assembly, the pastoral response will guide the Catholic Church in the United States in addressing the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island communities and provide a framework for dioceses and parishes for creating their pastoral plans or actions specific to their circumstances.

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U.S. Bishops establish new web page to address sin of racism

Along with establishing a new committee, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website now has a page addressing the sin of racism.The page features news about responses and efforts within the Church along with liturgical resources and teaching resources.

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Pope Francis Gives Us 4 Verbs on Migration: Welcome, Protect, Promote, Integrate

Pope Francis released an official address to participants in the international forum on "Migration and Peace." In his address, he said, "The beginning of this third millennium is very much characterized by migratory movement which, in terms of origin, transit and destination, involves nearly every part of the world. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases this movement is forced, caused by conflict, natural disasters, persecution, climate change, violence, extreme poverty and inhumane living conditions... Our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate."

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Bishop Burbidge Affirms Need for Immigration Reform

The following statement was released by Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, on January 26, 2017: Yesterday Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chair of the Committee of Migration and Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, issued a statement available below. In solidarity with Bishop Vasquez and my brother bishops, it is my hope and prayer that our elected officials will respond to the needs of our immigrants and their families in a way that respects their dignity as human persons, and that all entrusted with the protection and safety of our nation will carry out these sacred duties and responsibilities in a fair, just and responsible manner.

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Diversity Scholarship Available!

For anyone interested in seeking a graduate degree, Diversity Scholarships are available to students interested in any graduate degree at Divine Mercy University.

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Check Out What's Going On with the Catholic Church around the World

Learn more about the advancements with the Catholic Church in countries all around the world, from the Americas, to Europe, to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The Vatican Radio website provides such information, keeping Catholics across the world up-to-date with the Catholic Church.

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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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