Our Cultures

Advancing the unity of the Body of Christ, the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach supports the apostolic works of the Archdiocese of Washington in its evangelization, planning, coordination, ministry and outreach to the various racial, ethnic, and cultural diverse communities within its pastoral care.


Relying on the Holy Spirit, all the faithful in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington actively participate in the life and mission of the Church incorporating the richness of their culturally diverse heritages and perspectives by:

  • Answering their baptismal call to share their faith.
  • Building parishes with the capacity for strong and effective cultural integration.
  • Responding, in solidarity and pastoral leadership, to the needs of all members, as one body of Christ.


  1. Engage leaders of various racial, ethnic and culturally diverse groups throughout the archdiocese to support the work of the office.
  2. Strengthen and support the leadership development of all involved in ministry with various cultural communities.
  3. Plan and promote liturgies and events that serve our various cultural communities.
  4. Help with the implementation of the Synod Statutes and Recommendations on Ethnic and Cultural Diversity within the Archdiocese.
  5. Assist pastors and parish leaders in building communities that welcome, support, and celebrate the culturally diverse heritage of their parishioners.


Share, Learn, and Celebrate Initiative

The Share, Learn, and Celebrate initiative is designed to acknowledge, educate, and embed multicultural awareness in our diverse communities. Through Share, Learn, and Celebrate we work to heighten awareness, knowledge and understanding through the engagement of Archdiocesan parishes, ministries, and the faithful in relevant activities. Stakeholders are encouraged to share the achievements, identity, beauty, richness, and importance of each of our cultural communities as part of particular celebratory and historically significant occasions. Click here for resources for consideration to Share, Learn, and Celebrate Black History Month and Black Catholic History Month.

Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministers (BICM)

The “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers” (BICM) Program is designed to help ministry leaders reach a level of awareness and proficiency in the area of intercultural competency through the guidelines recommended by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.  BICM increases their capacity to welcome, receive, and encourage all emerging cultural groups to assume their role of leadership in the Church and, in turn, to train other ministry leaders to do the same.

This formation program aims to prepare ministry leaders to:

  • Articulate the general outlines of a theology and spirituality of ministry in intercultural settings, including the manner in which the Magisterium understands the concepts of evangelization, the New Evangelization, and inculturation.
  • Increase the awareness regarding how to communicate appropriately with persons and groups in cultures other than one’s own.
  • Increase the awareness regarding how to communicate effectively with persons and groups in cultures other than one’s own.
  • Gain the ability to identify and articulate patterns of prejudice that impede intergroup interaction.
  • Provide a rationale for the inclusion and integration of diverse cultural groups into the life and mission of the parish and diocese.
  • Teach the content of the five modules with confidence.

The background and proficiency offered by this program is for people of every cultural, ethnic or racial group in the Church. We adapt the workshops to the reality of your communities.

If you are interested in bringing this program to your parish and schools, please contact us at [email protected].