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Asian Ministry

“Harmony includes diversity as a richness to be embraced and nurtured. At the same time, attaining harmony requires never losing sight of our unity in Christ, which is the goal.” (USCCB, Encountering Christ in Harmony)

The Asian Catholic Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland was formed in 1996 in response to the needs of Asian Catholic communities. The ministry serves to connect the communities with resources in the diocese and in the larger Cleveland area.

Asian Ministry Committee

The Asian Ministry Committee is comprised of representatives of the various Asian Catholic communities who meet once a month to discuss issues that affect their respective communities and plan activities to assist in their spiritual growth.

We, representing the different Asian communities, commit ourselves to assist the Diocese of Cleveland in serving the pastoral needs of our people. As a coordinating group, we work for the unity of our particular communities, and our integration and participation in the local church. Appreciative of the rich diversity of cultures and traditions that our people bring, we offer this giftedness as our unique contribution to the building of God’s Kingdom today.

Events and Activities

The various Asian Catholic communities gather together throughout the year to build community and celebrate faith and culture.

  • Lunar New Year. A festival, typically celebrated during the month of February in China and other Asian countries, that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, 15 days later. In our diocese, the Vietnamese Catholic community celebrates this beautiful tradition with a Mass followed by a reception with cultural foods and entertainment.
  • Asian Festival. The Cleveland Asian Festival is held in May every year. Our presence at this grassroots festival that highlights Cleveland's Asian Culture in Northeast Ohio is always well received. It is a wonderful opportunity for the Asian Catholic community to be visible to the larger Asian community in Cleveland - come to the festival and find them!
  • Asian Mass. Every year on the first Sunday of October, the different Asian communities represented in the Diocese of Cleveland come together as one family to give thanks in the celebration of the Eucharist. The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities is also reflected throughout the liturgical celebration and the gathering after Mass. See photos from the 2019 Asian Mass.
  • Bible study and prayer meetings. Each of the Asian Catholic communities gather on a regular basis to pray, learn more about the faith, and strengthen relationships among its members.

To learn more about the Asian Ministry Catholic Ministry, please contact the Secretariat for Parish Life at (216) 696-6525 ext. 3500.

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