September 2017
Summer is winding down. Students and teachers are back to school, but not for those who are affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As we all know, the hurricanes wrought enormous devastation on its path. Let us continue to pray for Texas and Florida and the victims of the earthquake in Mexico and do all we can to help.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in his letter of August 28, 2017 requests an Emergency National Collection to Assist Dioceses Affected by Hurricane Harvey. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement and call for prayer for those involved in the devastating earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico and Guatemala.
Sr. Myrna Tordillo, mscs
Assistant Director
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church/Asian and Pacific Island Affairs

Korean American Priests Association (KAPA) Annual Conference  

Korean American Priests Association (KAPA) Annual Conference - Read the article by Fr. Gus Baek, former KAPA President, about the annual conference that was held this past May in which a new KAPA President was elected. 


Hmong American National Catholic Association (HANCA) Convention 
Find out how the Hmong adults and youth members participated in the HANCA Convention and engaged in charismatic prayer by reading the item by Kathleen and Chang Moua Lor.


1,000 Burmese-American Catholics gather in Coal Valley and Rock Island 
Discover how 1,000 members of the National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics celebrated their annual conference by reading the article by Jennifer Willems of The Catholic Post.
A Refugee Herself, Sister Alice Serves Old and New Refugees More Than 30 Years 
Learn how Sr. Alice Thepouthay continues to serve the Lao, Kmhmu, Hmong and Karen and Karenni communities by reading the article by Peter Tran available on the SCAPA webpage.
Convocation of Catholic Leaders
Read about the experience one of the Convocation attendees had and the importance of working together as members of the one Catholic Church by reading Marc Cadag's article.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore's 7th Filipino Fiesta Celebration 

The Archdiocese of Baltimore's 7th Filipino Fiesta Celebration honoring San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod will be held at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD on September 17, 2017. 


The Triduum will be held on September 12-14, 2017 prior to the fiesta. All Filipino organizations in DC, MD, VA, PA and NJ are invited to come and celebrate with the Archbishop of Baltimore, Most Rev. William Lori. 


For more information about this event, visit the Archdiocesan Filipino Council's website.

The Archdiocese of Louisville's Asian & Pacific Island Catholic Day of Reflection 

The Archdiocese of Louisville's Asian & Pacific Island Catholic Day of Reflection will be held at the Maloney Center in Louisville, KY on September 30, 2017. The theme of the event is The Joy of the Gospel


Opening Prayer Service will be celebrated by Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D. and Sr. Myrna Tordillo, Assistant Director of Asian & Pacific Island Affairs, will be the general session presenter.

The 2nd International Cultural Festival 

The 2nd International Cultural Festival, hosted by the Asian & Pacific Catholic Network (APCN), will be held at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, VA on October 7, 2017. 


Enjoy a lively festival with food, arts and crafts, and vendors with participation from various countries, including: Philippines, India, Vietnam, Samoa, Guam, and more.


The National Association of Filipino Priests 3rd National Assembly 

The National Association of Filipino Priests 3rd National Assembly will be held on November 7-10, 2017 in Houston, TX. The theme of the event will be Joyfully & Faithfully Sharing God's Mercy. 


The assembly will have several guest speakers discussing various topics, including USCCB President, His Eminence Cardinal DiNardo and SCAPA Chairman, Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis. Check out the informational pamphlet for the schedule and registration form.