Fall 2019 

Dear Friends and Coworkers in Christ,
Greetings!  I am pleased to share with you some news. The Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs (SCAPA) is convening a group of pastoral leaders from around the country on November 8-9, 2019 at the Maritime Conference Center in Baltimore, MD. Bishop Oscar A. Solis, SCAPA chairman in his letter of invitation to participants says, " the purpose of this gathering is to track the progress of, examine best practices and explore ways to get wider support for the dissemination and implementation of the USCCB statement Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters. Bishop Solis further states, "since the approval of this document by the U.S. Bishops at the Spring 2018 General Assembly, various dissemination and implementation activities have been undertaken at the national, diocesan and local levels."
As the autumn season starts and transforms foliage into magical hues of gold, red, or orange, and so it is in Baltimore, where over forty leaders will converge for the Gathering including SCAPA bishops and consultants, representatives of the National Asian and Pacific Young Adult (API YA) Advisory Team, some diocese directors for ethnic/cultural ministry, leaders of Asian and Pacific Island national/regional associations, and ethnic ministry advisers to the Subcommittee. The Secretariat of Cultural Diversity will be represented by Mar Mu ñ oz-Visoso, executive director, support staff, and yours truly.
The liturgical season will soon transition from Ordinary Time to Advent. We are reminded that "the mystery of Christ, unfolded through the cycle of the year," and "calls us to live his mystery in our own lives" ( http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/index.cfm ).
May the Triune God bless you abundantly each day and always.
Sr. Myrna Tordillo, mscs
Assistant Director    

1. Learn about the diocese of San Bernardino  2019 Priest Convocation  by reading Sr. Jennifer Nguyen's article.  

2.  The new pastoral response to our Asian and Pacific Island communities - Read a piece about Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters from Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP.

3. National Asian & Pacific Island Young Adult (API YA) Advisory Team - Get to know some of the members of the National API YA Advisory Team who will assist in bringing forth the message of the bishops, planning and strategizing, and addressing the young adults and youth, in regard to the USCCB statement Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters. We will highlight the members of the API YA Advisory Team in future issues of our e-newsletter.  

4. NCBAC's 10th Annual Gathering - Learn more about the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics (NCBAC) 10th Annual Gathering in Harrisburg, PA by reading the article by Jean Aung.

5. Unsung Catholics quietly doing good works receive papal awards - Read an article by Lou Baldwin of Catholic Philly about Sr. Loretto Mapa, RA, Mr. John Kim, and 38 others who were awarded papal awards for their dedication and exceptional service to the Church.

6. 13th Laotian Catholic National Conference - Read about the 13th Laotian Catholic National Conference that was held on the Fourth of July weekend at St. George Catholic Church in Fort Worth, TX.

Upcoming Events
Visit our News and Events page for links and PDF's. 

October 20, 2019 - The Archdiocese of San Francisco's 9th Annual Filipino Ministry Gala will be held at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, CA. The gala will be a celebration of Filipino culture and heritage.
October 20-28, 2019 - The Annual Solemn Novena in Honor of St. Jude Thaddeus will be held at Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church in Rockville, MD.
November 9, 2019 - The Filipino Council of the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Faith & Leadership Assembly for Renewal and Empowerment (FLARE) event will be held at St. Pius X Church in Baltimore, MD.
December 6-7, 2019 - The Encountering Christ in Harmony focus workshop   will be held at the California Catholic Ministry Conference in San Jose, CA.  For more information, check the website .

January 30-February 1, 2020 - The  Encountering Christ in Harmonybootcamp  will be held at the Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC). For more information, check the MAC website.
February 21-23, 2020 - A number of events sponsored by the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church's Asian and Pacific Island Affairs will be held at the  LA Religious Education Congress including workshops, Eucharistic celebration, and concert.
October 27-30, 2020 - The  4th National Association of Filipino Priests in the USA (NAFP-USA) General Assembly will be held at the Hilton Meadowlands hotel in East Rutherford, NJ.


Rooted in Tradition: The Chamorro Catholics in the United States (Product Code 7-572) - A new edition to the small book series about a people indigenous to the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific, the Chamorros have a strong Catholic heritage, which they brought with them to the United States.

Resettling in Place: A Vietnamese American Catholic Experience  (Product Code 7-480) - This small book is a snapshot description about a community who rebuilt their faith life by sustaining family values, culture, and Catholic devotional practices.

Harmony in Faith: Korean American Catholics (Product Code 7-479) - This small book on Korean American Catholics connects each believer to their roots in Korea, weaving through thick layers of their history of faith.

Product Code 7-606) - This pastoral letter against racism the US Catholic bishops call on fellow clergy and all Catholics to help change racist attitudes and acts to conform to the moral order established by God, in which men and women of all races are honored as brothers and sisters.