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Dear brothers and sisters: In a spirit of heartfelt pastoral concern for the Asian and Pacific people in our midst, we Catholic bishops of the United States write this statement to all Catholics and especially to our Asian and Pacific brothers and sisters to recognize and affirm with loving assurance their presence and prominence in the Lord's house. We pray that this pastoral statement will facilitate a fuller appreciation of their communities in our local churches and will encourage Asian and Pacific Catholics to take on active leadership roles in every level of church life.
-- Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith
Welcome to the web page for the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs. We thank you for visiting us and for your interest in Asian and Pacific Islanders.
The Subcommittee is pleased to announce that this year, 2011, we will be observing the 10th anniversary of the promulgation of the USCCB pastoral statement, Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith. This momentous occasion is being celebrated at both the national and local levels, beginning with a nationwide study on Catholic ministry to Asian and Pacific Islanders and continuing with both parish-sponsored events around the country and the development of a leadership formation program guide and other educational materials. More
The Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs is under the direction of and assists the Committee on Cultural Diversity within the Church by working directly with the standing committee and collaboratively with other USCCB committees to affirm the gifts and contributions of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics and to provide more opportunities for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics to engage in the life of the Church and help shape its evangelizing mission.
This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:
The subcommittee is directly responsible for outreach to the Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities and to work closely with the subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.
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