Summer 2018 Message
Summer 2018

The document Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brother and Sisters has been approved as a formal statement by the U.S. bishops during their General Assembly on June 14, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Praise God!
An online version of the document will be available soon! The document contains the below prayer, and I invite you to say this prayer with me,

Prayer for Encountering Christ in Harmony
God of all harmony and source of our faith,
loving Father who chose us to be your own
and formed us together as one family in Christ,
send forth your Spirit among us.
May our encounters with Christ, your Son,
through the Scriptures and the breaking of the bread
remind us of our identity in Christ
amid the multitude of cultural heritages
present in your Church today.
May our encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary
and with the communion of saints,
strengthen us so that we may sustain
and pass down the Catholic faith of our ancestors and elders
from one generation to the next.
May our encounters with one another,
in our families and parishes,
nurture more leaders among us,
that they may answer your call more readily,
and look to Christ, our Savior,
as the example of humble service.
Enliven our hearts this day and always,
so that, going forth into the world,
we may become better servants of your Word
and bearers of your love for all to see.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
who strengthens us in faith,
and in the power of the Holy Spirit,
who binds us together in love and harmony,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Sr. Myrna Tordillo, mscs
Assistant Director
USCCB/Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel. 202-541-338
Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters


a. Watch the Spring General Assembly on-demand video to see Bishop Solis' presentation about Encountering Christ in Harmony to the body of bishops and the voting and approval of the document.


 b. Read Dennis Sadowski's (CNS) article about the U.S. bishops approving Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters during their Spring General Assembly.


Upcoming Events

*The Diocese of Arlington's Mass for Multicultural Ministries will be held on June 22, 2018 at St. Neumann's Catholic Church in Reston, VA. Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge will be the principal celebrant and homilist.
*The 21st Annual National Filipino Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage will be held on June 23, 2018 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Most Reverend Francisco M. de Leon, D.D., fourth bishop of Antipolo, will be the main celebrant.


*The 5th Annual Gathering of the Karenni-American Catholic Association will be held on July 27-29, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ.


*The 2018 Korean American Catholics' National Charismatic Conference will be held on August 25-26, 2018 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA.
*The National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics' (NCBAC) 9th Annual Gathering will be held on August 31 - September 2, 2018 at the W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek, MI. To donate, please check the NCBAC website and check back for more information.

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.