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Read news pertaining to the Asian and Pacific Islander community. For more news, check out the e-newsletter archive, USCCB news releases, and the Catholic News Service (CNS) website.

Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters

  • July 6, 2018 - Read the news release announcing the full text of Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters.
  • June 14, 2018 - Read Dennis Sadowski's (CNS) article about the U.S. bishops' approval of Encountering Christ in Harmony during their Spring General Assembly.
  • June 13-14, 2018 - Watch the Spring General Assembly on-demand video to see Bishop Solis' presentation about Encountering Christ in Harmony to the body of bishops.
  • May 11, 2018 - Read the news release about the U.S. bishops discussing and voting on Encountering Christ in Harmony during the Spring General Assembly.

Ordination of Asian and Pacific Island Priests in the U.S.

Response to Natural Disasters in Asian & Pacific Island countries

  • October 2018 - Read the news release about Cardinal Daniel DiNardo's, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops letter of solidarity to Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop of Jakarta in light of the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia.
  • October 2018 - Read the news updates by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and help donate to their efforts in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
  • August 2018 - Read the news release by CRS and help donate to the relief efforts in response to the historic flooding in Kerala, India.
Papal Visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh November 27-December 2, 2017
National Assembly of Filipino Priests November 7-10, 2017

News Releases

Annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage

Events in 2018

October 20, 2018 - The 2nd Marian Rosary Congress and Pilgrimage on the Occasion of the 1st Anniversary of the Dedication of the Rosary Walk & Garden will be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Most Rev. Mario Dorsonville, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, will be the celebrant and homilist. Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM, Fathers of Mercy Assistant General will be the guest speaker.

November 10, 2018 - The Filipino Council of the Archdiocese of Baltimore's (FC-AOB) 3rd Faith and Leadership Assembly for Renewal and Empowerment (FLARE III) will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church's parish center in Hydes, MD. The overall theme is The Role of Filipino Leaders: Our Faith Expressed, Our Faith Engaged. The keynote speakers will be Most Rev. Oscar A. Solis, D.D. and Fr. John Hurley. To register for the event, please visit the website for more information.

November 11, 2018 - Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Island Affairs meeting will be held in Baltimore, MD.

December 2018 - Many archdioceses and dioceses celebrate Simbang Gabi, a Filipino tradition of Novena Masses (nine consecutive days) celebrated in parishes across the country leading up to Christmas. It is "a privileged votive mass, i.e., a mass that does not correspond to the liturgical calendar but has a special intention" said Philippines Church historian Fr. Rex Andrew Alarcon. Watch the Archdiocese of Washington's video explaining what Simbang Gabi is and check back for a list of Simbang Gabi celebrations from various arch/dioceses.

Ongoing Events

Ongoing - Shalom World hosts a number of events periodically across the country. Check the website for dates and locations.

Past Events

October 14, 2018 - The Archdiocese of San Francisco's Filipino Ministry Consultative Board's 8th Filipino Ministry Annual Gala was held at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, CA.

September 29 - October 9, 2018 - The 26th International Week of Prayer and Fasting was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Guest speakers included Fr. Francis J. Peffley, Colleen Willard, and Ted Flynn.

September 30, 2018 - The Filipino Council of the Archdiocese of Baltimore's 8th Archdiocesan Filipino Saints Fiesta Celebration honoring San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod was held at Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, MD. Most Rev. William E. Lori was the main celebrant. The Triduum was held on September 25-27, 2018 prior to the fiesta.

September 30, 2018 - The Archdiocese of Chicago's Asian Catholic Initiative's 2nd Asian Community Mass was held at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Elmwood Park, IL. His Eminence Cardinal Blase Cupich was the main celebrant and a potluck reception followed immediately after the Mass.

September 28, 2018 - The Archdiocese of Washington's Mass in honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz's feast day was held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington, MD. A reception followed the Mass. 

September 16, 2018 - The Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Asian Pacific Unity Day was held at the Cousins Center in Milwaukee, WI. Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki was the main celebrant and a festive dinner followed.

September 15, 2018 - The Diocese of Arlington's Filipino Ministry of Northern Virginia's Mass in honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz's feast day was held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Springfield, VA.

September 8, 2018 - The Indian American Catholic Association's (IACA) 21st Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Health was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The main celebrant was Most Reverend Roy E. Campbell, Jr., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington.

August 31-September 2, 2018 - The National Conference of Burmese-American Catholics' (NCBAC) 9th Annual Gathering was held at the W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek, MI.

August 25-26, 2018 - The 2018 Korean American Catholics' National Charismatic Conference washeld at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA.

August 3-5, 2018 - The 2018 Hmong American National Catholic Association (HANCA) Leadership Training was held at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Marathon, WI.

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

June 23, 2018- The 21st Annual National Filipino Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage was held 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, was the main celebrant.

June 22, 2018 - The Diocese of Arlington's Mass for Multicultural Ministries was held at St. Neumann's Catholic Church in Reston, VA. Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge was the principal celebrant and homilist.

June 12, 2018 - Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Island Affairs meeting was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

May 24, 2018
- Day of Prayer for the Church in China. The Archdiocese of Washington's Day of Prayer for the Church in China celebration was held at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Rockville, MD.

May 5, 2018 - The 16th Annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. This annual event brought together many Asian and Pacific Islander Catholic communities to celebrate their heritage and Marian devotions. Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, bishop of Salt Lake City and chairman of the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs, was the main celebrant and homilist.

May 2018 - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

February 15-17, 2018 - Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Training during the Mid-Atlantic Congress (MAC) was held at the Hilton Baltimore hotel in Baltimore, MD.

February 16-17, 2018 - An Asian and Pacific Islander Catholics Gathering at MAC was held in Baltimore, MD. There was a keynote presentation by Fr. Ricky Manalo and breakout sessions with Fr. Ricky Manalo, Dr. Stephen Cherry, and Dr. Seggy Acosta.

February 16, 2018 - 新年/Chinese New Year (一年的狗/Year of the Dog)

February 16, 2018 - Vietnamese Tết (New Year)

February 3-6, 2018 - The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering was held in Washington DC. The theme of the event was "Building Community: A Call to the Common Good". In conjunction with the CSMG, the Diversity Outreach Initiative (DOI) also took place. The DOI seeks to develop leaders from diverse Catholic communities for ministry in the Church.

November 11, 2017 - Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Island Affairs meeting was held in Baltimore, MD.

November 7-10, 2017 - The National Association of Filipino Priests 3rd General Assembly was held in Houston, TX. The theme of the event was "Joyfully & Faithfully Sharing God's Mercy". The assembly had a number of guest speakers discussing various topics, including USCCB President, His Eminence Cardinal DiNardo and Most Reverend Oscar A. Solis, SCAPA Chairman.



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