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Welcome to the webpage 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.
We are going to commence our celebration by examining the state of ministry to Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities in the United States. A survey will be sent to all diocesan ordinaries this month, and results of the survey will be published in December. Our Subcommittee is looking forward to the results of the study because it will provide updated information about the Asian and Pacific Islanders in several different pastoral areas and will thus provide a solid base for more responsive ministry to over twenty-five different ethnic and cultural communities.
In order to promote and help facilitate this area of ministry, a committee is working on a leadership formation program guide that will include a bibliography of multimedia resources. Once complete, it can be used by parishes, dioceses, and organizations seeking to offer leadership formation programs for Asian and Pacific Island Catholics and those who minister to them. This project will most likely take two years to complete.
The Subcommittee is also working to share the beauty and richness of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities with the rest of the U.S. Catholic Church. In light of this, it is commissioning the development of educational materials about these peoples that may be used by Catholic parishes, dioceses, organizations, and institutions. One of these materials is a “primer,” which will include brief descriptions about each of the more than twenty-five Asian and Pacific Island communities now linked with the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church. Each community’s description will include population information, a brief history of migration to the United States, an account of its Christianization, and explanations of some of its Catholic traditions, devotions, saints, and feasts. We plan to publish this exciting compilation by the end of this year on our website so you can easily learn more about the rich heritage and diverse nature of the Catholic Church.
In addition to these brief reports, we are also compiling more extensive descriptions of the larger Asian and Pacific communities. These will explore each community's roots in the homeland and include discussions of its identity, culture, and the manifestation of Catholicism within that particular culture. Other topics which will be incorporated into each account include the community’s Catholic presence in the United States, its gifts of culture and faith, the challenges it faces, its unique experiences, and its pastoral resources.
Another activity that has been planned for the anniversary celebration is an Asian and Pacific Day to be held May 21, 2011 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. A seminar on “Catholic Identity: Being Asian, American, and Catholic in the United States Today” will be held in the morning, and a pilgrimage at the Basilica with eighteen Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities will be held in the afternoon. Informational material about this celebration will be available soon on our website.
Lastly, local churches will mark the anniversary in their own way. Several diocesan celebrations, some of which include multicultural liturgies, are already in the process of being planned. Other churches are developing leadership formation programs for Asian and Pacific Island Catholic pastoral leaders. Still others are planning study days about the pastoral statement. We are very pleased to be celebrating this occasion on both the local and national levels through these various activities.
As you can see, our Subcommittee is excited to mark the 10th anniversary of the historic pastoral statement, Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith this year and even into 2012. We invite you to join us in our reflections and celebrations.
May God continue to bless you in your ministry today and always.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Raldolph Calvo
Bishop of Reno
Chairman, Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs
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