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    Via conference calls, online video calls, and more, cultural communities are getting creative with ways to continue ministry. Click here to find prayer groups, regular rosary calls, and more!

  • 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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Diocese Will Join Pope’s New 7-Year Plan To Act on Teachings of Laudato Si’

It’s been six years since Pope Francis released his groundbreaking environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home” — and most Catholics are just beginning to unpack what it means to truly care for God’s creation.

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Diocesan Marian Pilgrimage 2021

Bishop Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, invites you to join him to mark this "Year of St. Joseph" at the diocesan Marian pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 30.

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Multicultural Celebration Returns

An array of different ethnic traditions was on display at the Mass for Multicultural Communities at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington June 25. The gathering marked the event’s return after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19.

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A Taste of Home

Last week, I had the oh-so-arduous task of visiting four local, Catholic-owned eateries and writing about their ethnic cuisine. Each time I walked through the door of a new restaurant, I experienced a little piece of someone’s home and home country.


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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A Salesian's Artwork Depicts the Diversity In the Church

Brother Mickey O’Neill McGrath first learned of Sister Thea Bowman nearly 30 years ago as his father was dying. The young Oblate of St. Francis de Sales was in his parents’ house on a Sunday afternoon visiting his father, who lay on a bed in the living room. After his father fell asleep, Brother Mickey picked up a magazine lying nearby and read an interview with the Franciscan sister.

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French-Speaking Mass Online Stream

French-speaking Mass can be viewed via online streaming from French KTO (https://seletlumieretv.org/messe/) and Canadian Sel et Lumiere networks.


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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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Mass for Peace on the Feast of St. Peter Claver

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated a Mass for Peace in our Communities at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington Sept. 9. Celebrated on the feast day of St. Peter Claver, patron of African Americans and interracial justice, the Mass was part of a day of fasting and prayer to combat racism.


Responding to Racism Means a Conversion of Heart, Says Fr. Scott Woods

Addressing racism means opening our hearts to an ongoing process of interior conversion as we “strive to see each other first as sons and daughters of God,” said Father Scott Woods, a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington who spoke at the diocesan conference, “Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action.”


Requiem for the Black Children of God

All are continuously invited to watch the prayer service and pray for, by the name, our Black brothers and sisters who have been killed as a result of racism and violence. The original airdate of the prayer service was August 1, 2020, but we know that prayer has no expiration date.

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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.


More Than 170 Tune In to Webinar In Spanish Offering Guidance On COVID-19

More than 170 participants tuned in to an online information session May 19 on life during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the coronavirus on the area’s Spanish-speaking population.

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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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Lightworks is 14 weeks of praying and sharing Lectio Divina Ignatian Prayer with imagination.

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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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News, Events and Activities

Check out the many news updates, activities and events from the various ministries within our office.

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Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times

Read the USCCB press release entitled, "Living as a People of God in Unsettled Times," a pastoral reflection in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States.

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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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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."

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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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