Ethnic Ministries celebrates the rich diversity of cultures, languages and races through programs and gatherings that promote intercultural education, dialogue, communication and understanding. Ethnic Ministries provides support for over 20 different ethnic communities including African-American, Chinese, Filipino, Spanish-speaking and others. Ethnic Ministries also sponsors multicultural celebrations and collaborates with other Archdiocesan offices to develop multicultural program components in order to integrate different communities into the Church of the Archdiocese.
Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns
The Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns embodies the teachings found within the parable of the Good Samaritan by seeing injustice as a personal call to action, and making a commitment to address the needs of the suffering person. The Office provides education and advocacy on behalf of the unborn, the poor, the elderly, the imprisoned, the homeless, the disabled and the marginalized in our society. Its programs include Respect Life, Restorative Justice, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Advocacy Training, and Parish Organizing. The Office also collaborates with the California Catholic Conference and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide representation to local and national government officials and civic leaders on legislative issues that are of great importance to all Catholics due to their moral implications.
The Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal and Canonical Affairs serves as a resource to the Archbishop and the Catholic community in order to maintain and uphold the universal and particular laws of the Church. The Tribunal assists individuals seeking to reconcile with the Church by evaluating the status of individual marriages, as the Church understands that bond. It also seeks to protect the rights of the faithful, including the right to a good reputation, while mindful of the obligations inherent with being a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs
The Office of Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs represents the Archbishop and the Archdiocese in our relationships with approximately 70 other spiritual communities within the Christian church (Episcopal, Evangelicals and others) and outside Christianity (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and others). The influence and work of the Office extend beyond the boundaries of the Archdiocese - regional in California, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii; national in Washington D.C.; and international in Rome.
Ministry to the Spanish Speaking
The Ministry to the Spanish Speaking works with the Archbishop and the Vicar for Spanish Speaking to be effective instruments of evangelization for the Spanish-speaking community. The Office supports small Christian communities, ecclesial movements and the Archdiocesan Spanish Speaking Pastoral Council to affirm and empower the laity in their baptismal vocation of service. The office provides adult faith formation programs to develop leadership and enrich spiritual life and seeks to empower Spanish-speaking youth and young adults to serve others by supporting the Archdiocesan Spanish Speaking Young Adult Pastoral Team. The Office also cultivates teamwork and support amongst other ministry offices such as Worship, Family Life, Respect Life/Restorative Justice, Vicar for Spanish Speaking and others, in order to support parish pastoral needs.