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 Pastoral Ministry to Ethnic Communities

  1. To extend the welcome of Archbishop Jose H. Gomez to all cultural and ethnic groups in the Archdiocese, his desire for each one of them to be participating members of the Local Church of Los Angeles, and his gratitude for their presence as gift to the Archdiocese;
  2. To promote the evangelization of cultures and coordinate the pastoral care of all ethnic communities throughout the Archdiocese, taking into consideration their own context and situation in life;
  3. To create an atmosphere conducive to and opportunities for dialogue, communication, and collaboration between and among different ethnic groups that will lead to the development of inclusive communities and the building up of “communion of communities”;
  4. To advocate for the pastoral needs of diverse ethnic groups to appropriate offices, groups and organizations within the Archdiocese;
  5. To create an awareness among the different Archdiocesan councils, commissions, and offices of the importance of recognizing, appreciating, and respecting the different cultures, traditions and expressions as well as levels of faith of the people;
  6. To support existing orientation programs for new pastors and recently arrived foreign-born clergy/religious, making sure that the program is culturally sensitive and responsive to the challenges of a multicultural Church;
  7. To assist parishes in identifying the ethnic groups within parish boundaries and in developing appropriate response to their pastoral needs;
  8. To participate in national, regional, state and local organizations that address the concerns of ethnic groups that may be helpful to our ministry in Los Angeles;
  9. To develop a cultural program which assists the presbyterate, pastoral staffs, and deaneries in understanding the different ethnic groups and the challenges of migration;
  10. To perform other ministry-related tasks as requested by the Archbishop.

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