Ethnic Ministries

Make Disciples of All Nations

We follow Jesus’ command to “make disciples of all nations” by supporting the Catholic ministries of unique cultural groups within the archdiocese.

Jesus was clear in sending out his first disciples that they were to go to the ends of the earth to share the Good News.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you,” he told them.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Ethnic  Ministry department encounters today’s disciples in faith communities representing more than 20 different ethnic groups. It helps sustain each Catholic community’s unique cultural and traditional expressions of faith while offering a sense of unity with all Catholics in the archdiocese.

Please contact us if we can be of assistance in finding a ministry or creating a new one. 

Ethnic Ministries
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109 
415-614-5574

Upcoming Event

The Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco is gearing up for the celebration of the quincentennial anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. Preparations are underway for the celebration of the historic milestone with the first event to kick off on Saturday, July 31. The first event features a hybrid conference (part in-person, part virtual) to be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The conference will be followed by a Thanksgiving-Concelebrated Mass.

Prominent Filipino Catholic leaders were invited to speak on the “Gifted to Give” theme that will highlight the Filipinos’ Journey of Faith and their missionary role in the new era of evangelization. The speakers are: Bishop Oscar Solis, the first Filipino-American bishop in the United States and bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City; Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan (Philippines) and Vice President of CBCP; Father Ricky Manalo, a prominent author and composer; and Chris Mariano, director of Youth and Young Adults Ministry in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Ethnic Ministry Highlight

Chris Major, Coordinator of African-American Ministry

Christopher Major recently took over as Coordinator of the African-American Ministry, part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Ethnic Ministries. Here he tells us a bit about himself and about his plans for this ministry.

Ethnic Ministry Contacts

African-American Ministry

Arab-American Community/ Ministry

Brazilian Ministry

Burmese American Catholic Fellowship

Myanmar Ministry

Chinese Ministry

Filipino Ministry Vicar

Hispanic Ministry Vicar

Indonesian Ministry

Irish Ministry

Italian Ministry

Japanese Ministry

Korean Ministry

Native American Ministry

Polish/Croatian/Slovenian Ministry

Samoan Ministry Contacts

Tongan Ministry

Vietnamese Ministry

Vietnamese Ministry 
Rev. Te Van Nguyen
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
3835 Balboa St., San Francisco 94121
415-200-9359
tevannguyen@gmail.com

Tongan Ministry
Rev. Kapiolani Kakala/Joe
St. Timothy Church 
1515 Dolan Ave., San Mateo 94401
650-342-2470/650-249-0315
lanikakala@yahoo.com
Rev. Sione M. Katoa
smkatoa@yahoo.com

Samoan Ministry Contacts
Fr. Daniel Carter/Eneliko Lemalu
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish 
1715 Oakdale Ave., San Francisco, 94124
415-285-3377
dancrper@aol.com
Eneliko Lemalu
415-756-1915
eneliko.lemalu@yahoo.com

Polish/Croatian/Slovenian Ministry
Rev. Kazimierz Abrahamczk
All Souls Parish
315 Walnut Ave., So. San Francisco, 94080
650-871-8944
pastor@allsoulsparishssf.org

Native American Ministry
Andy Galvan 
Mission Dolores Basilica
3321 – 16th St., San Francisco, 94110
415-621-8203
chochenyo@aol.com

Korean Ministry
Rev. Thomas Kim/Evonne Kim
St. Michael Church
32 Broad St., San Francisco 94112
415-333-1194/408-202-5554
stmichaelinfo@gmail.com

Japanese Ministry
Mako Rova
St. Benedict – St. Francis Xavier Church
1801 Octavia St., San Francisco, 94109
415-928-1532
tropau33@gmail.com

Italian Ministry
Rev. Al Mengon SDB
Ss. Peter & Paul Parish 
666 Filbert St., San Francisco 94133
415-421-0809
mengonsdb@yahoo.com

Irish Ministry
Rev. Brendan McBride/Celina Kennelly
Irish Immigration Pastoral Center
5340 Geary Blvd., #206
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-752-6006
Admin@SFIIPC.org

Indonesian Ministry
Iwan Soegiharto 
St. Cecilia Parish
415-359-4843
iwan.soegiharto@yahoo.com

Hispanic Ministry Vicar
Rev. Moises Agudo
St. Peter Parish 
1200 Florida St., San Francisco 94110
Socorro Aragon 415-282-1652
aragon.socorro@sfarch.org 

Filipino Ministry Vicar
Rev. Eugene Tungol
Church of Epiphany
827 Vienna St,. San Francisco 94112
415-333-7630
etungol@aol.com

Chinese Ministry
Rev. Peter Zhai, SVD
One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109
415-614-5575
zhaip@sfarch.org

Myanmar Ministry
Rev. Francis Htun
Mission Dolores Basilica
3321 – 16th St., San Francisco, 94110
650-296-8638
francisthanhtun@gmail.com

Burmese American Catholic Fellowship
Elizabeth Law
St. Thomas More Church
1300 Junipero Serra Blvd., San Francisco,  94132
415-971-5721
tinpe@hotmail.com
John Lee
415-308-1307
JXI_9@yahoo.com

Brazilian Ministry
Glaucia Ajisaka
St. Thomas More Church
1300 Junipero Serra Blvd., San Francisco 94132/
1972 Bamboo Ct., Hayward, CA 94545
650-458-1982
glaucia.danaher@yahoo.com

Arab-American Community/ Ministry
Rev. Richard H. Van de Water
St. Thomas More Church
1300 Junipero Serra Blvd., San Francisco 94132
415-452-9634
vandewaterrick@yahoo.com

African-American Ministry
Christopher Major
St. Isabella Church
1 Trinity Way, San Rafael, CA 94903
415-879-2127
cmajoredu@gmail.com