Cultural Diversity

About Us

The Office for Ethnic and Intercultural Communities, embracing cultural diversity as a strength of our Church, envisions sustaining each Catholic community’s unique cultural and traditional expressions of faith, while offering a sense of unity with all Catholics in the Diocese of San Diego, for the greater glory and honor of God.

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Mission

The Office for Ethnic and Intercultural Communities is committed to the inclusion and fuller participation of all God’s people in the life and ministry of the Church by building up their Catholic identity in a spirit of unity in diversity.
The Office, in collaboration with Diocesan Pastoral Ministries and Agencies, provides resources and services that:

  • Promotes on-going dialogue, cultural awareness and understanding of the Ethnic Catholic communities within the Diocese;
  • Encourages parish and diocesan connections with those groups that do not have a parish representative body;
  • Empowers ethnic leaders to build up faith communities in the Church;
  • Builds coalition among ethnic groups by encouraging leadership in the pursuit for spiritual growth.
Celebrating Diversity (Prayer)

Almighty God, through your Holy Spirit you created unity in the midst of diversity;
We acknowledge that human diversity is an expression of your manifold love for your creation;
We confess that in our brokenness as human beings we turn diversity into a source of alienation, injustice, oppression, and wounding.
Empower us to recognize and celebrate differences as your great gift to the human family.
Enable us to be the architects of understanding, of respect and love;
Through the Lord, the ground of all unity, we pray.
– Author Unknown (Source jesuitresource.org)

Visiting Priests Protocol

In the Diocese of San Diego, ALL clergy from outside of the diocese who will be engaging in ministry within the Diocese, must submit a Testimonial of Suitability prior to their visit. These documents must be dated within three (3) months of event(s).

In addition, parish and diocesan groups should have the Ministry Event Details approved by their pastor and the Vicar for Clergy prior to extending invitations to clergy and religious.

Policies and forms: Here

For more information contact the Vicar for Clergy (858) 490-8200

Contacts

Very Rev. Michael Pham
Vicar General
Phone: (858) 490-8306
mphamEmail at symbolsdcatholic.org
Charlotte Fajardo
Assistant to the Vicar
Phone: (858) 271-0207 ext. 1204 
cfajardoEmail at symbolsdcatholic.org
Alejandra Diaz
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8306
ADiazEmail at symbolsdcatholic.org
African American Community
Jo Hart-Lloyd
Chair
jhartllEmail at symbolaol.com
Selma Johnson
Vice Chair
s.m.johnson5737Email at symbolgmail.com
Deacon Marvin Threatt
Spiritual Advisor
threattsEmail at symbolcox.net
African Community
Bibiana Jones
Leader
nwamakajonesEmail at symbolyahoo.com
Awichu Akwanya
Committee
aawichuEmail at symbolunitedwomenofeastafrica.org
Rev. Emmanuel Ochigbo
Spiritual Advisor
emmaochigbo2001Email at symbolyahoo.com
Brazilian Community
Deacon Luiz Bueno
Spiritual Advisor
luizbueno56Email at symbolgmail.com
Fagner Bernardo
Leader
fagnerbernardoEmail at symbolgmail.com
Chamorro-Guamanian Community
Nicolasa Garrido
Religious Leader
Brienda Diaz
Communications
ebdiaz671Email at symbolgmail.com
Joshua T. Borja
Sons & Daughter of Guam
guamclub.orgEmail at symbolgmail.com
Chinese Community
Ruey Hong
Chair
rueymawhongEmail at symbolgmail.com
Margaret Marsh
Committee
marshmyhEmail at symbolyahoo.com
Rev. Anthony Yang
Spiritual Advisor
Eritrean Community
Semret Haile
Leader
semrethaileEmail at symbolgmail.com
Filipino Community
Yola Marie Arguilla
President
ayolamarieEmail at symbolyahoo.com
Athena Besa
Vice President
abesaEmail at symbolsan.rr.com
Rev. Nemesio Sungcad
Spiritual Advisor
19neman51Email at symbolgmail.com
Hispanic Community
Luis Barajas
President
renovacionsdEmail at symbolgmail.com
Rev. Edmundo Zárate-Suárez
Spiritual Advisor
Indian Community
Anita Lenus
President
anitaslenusEmail at symbolgmail.com
Prince Paul
Malyali Leaders-St. Michael
paulprince_usEmail at symbolyahoo.com
Rev. Tom Kuzhipala
Spiritual Advisor
Indonesian Community
Benjamin Liem
Activities Coordinator
benliemEmail at symbolgmail.com
Rev. Sam Nasada
Spiritual Advisor
frsamEmail at symbolsanluisreyparish.org
Irish Community
Cathy Ward
Executive Director
helpEmail at symbolirishoutreachcenter.org
Rev. Nick Clavin
Chaplain
Italian Community
Patrizia Vigili
President
mclpatriziaEmail at symbolgmail.com
Rev. Joseph Tabigue
Chaplain
Korean Community
Albert Jun Lee
President
junlee82Email at symbolgmail.com
Kaylee Pak
Administrator
kccosdEmail at symbolgmail.com
Rev. Paul Hak Bong Kim
Spiritual Advisor
Laotian Community
Kevin Souvannaphong
Leader
Donkeki3Email at symbolyahoo.com
Khampheng Sphabmixay
Committee
khamphab99Email at symbolgmail.com
Maly Phabmisay
Committee
mphabmysayEmail at symbolgmail.com
Mission San Luis Rey-Multi Cultural Community
Jim Moore
Committee Member
folkfansEmail at symbolcomcast.net
Native American-Mission Barona/St. Kateri Tekawitha
Rev. Herman Manuel SVD
Pastor
herman_manuelEmail at symbolhotmail.com
Beth Glasco
Resource
bglascoEmail at symbolbarona-nsn.gov
Native American-Pauma/Pala
Cindy Devers
Resource
rezneckwomanEmail at symbolgmail.com
Ed McEnespy
Resource
pa_hi_edcmEmail at symbolhotmail.com
Rev. Gerardo Fernandez
Pastor
Samoan Community
Juliana Lutau
Leader
jlutauEmail at symbolgmail.com
Bernadette Aloese
Committee
bernadette.aloese1994Email at symbolgmail.com
Tongan Community
Kekekolio Taulanga
Leader
sefanaia73Email at symbolyahoo.com
Aivine Tautuiaki
Committee
tautuiakiaivineEmail at symbolyahoo.com
Vietnamese Community
Giai Do
Chair
giaiqdoEmail at symbolgmail.com
Rev. Minh Do
Spiritual Advisor
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