Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM)
Throughout the United States we experience a profound demographic shift as Hispanics, Asians, Africans, Caribbean people, and many other communities of non-European origin are on the rise. Today, as ever, the Church's mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and promote the life and dignity of each and every human being has much to do with insight into cultures. Catholic parishes are moving from mono-cultural patterns to ones we call "shared," that is, to parishes in which more than one language, racial or cultural group seek to celebrate the Eucharist and embody Christian community. For ministers and pastoral workers to be effective in this diverse environment, the right knowledge, attitudes and skills need to be developed.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Two hundred years later, the Church in America can rightfully praise the accomplishment of past generations in bringing together widely differing immigrant groups within the unity of the Catholic faith and in a common commitment to the spread of the Gospel. At the same time, conscious of its rich diversity, the Catholic community in this country has come to appreciate ever more fully the importance of each individual and group offering its own particular gifts to the whole. The Church in the United States is now called to look to the future, firmly grounded in the faith passed on by previous generations, and ready to meet new challenges—challenges no less demanding than those faced by your forebears—with the hope born of God’s love, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (cf. Rom 5:5).
- Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Mass in Washington, D.C., April 17, 2008
The Church of the twenty-first century will be as it has always been. A Church of many cultures, languages and traditions - yet simultaneously one. As God is one—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—unity in diversity.
African American Catholic Ministry
"Brothers and Sisters to Us" (U.S. Bishops Pastoral Statements on Racism)
Christ The King Parish, Flint (Personal African American Parish)
Asian and Pacific Ministry
St. Andrew Dung-Lac Parish, Lansing (Personal Vietnamese Parish)