Office for Ethnic and Intercultural Communities

We embrace cultural diversity as a strength of our Church while promoting unity among all Catholics as members of one human family, gathering as one for the common good and for the glory of God.

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Unity: Gathered as One

Our diocese’s Office for Ethnic and Intercultural Communities testifies so powerfully to the many gifts given to each culture and community, and how our Church is made stronger, better, richer and deeper by them.

The Office bears witness that we are stronger in the world when we stand together as One Body. And that we, the people of all lands, are brothers and sisters in Christ, and called to serve each other, respect each other, reach out to each other, accompany each other in this world.

This fellowship serves as a potent response to the corrosive forces in our society that seek to divide individuals, neighbors and countries. By fostering understanding and unity among all of our communities, the Office is serving not only our local Church but society as a whole.

Whether celebrating each community’s unique faith traditions or Gathering As One, the Office invites each Catholic to discover his or her own cultural roots and the many expressions of our truly universal Church.

Bishop Robert W. McElroy

Major Activities

Mary, Mother of the Church

The statue depicts the Blessed Mother carrying young Jesus, who is holding St. Peter’s Basilica, a symbol of our earthly Church. As the annual Pentecost celebration gathers all of us as brothers and sisters, One in Christ Unum in Christi, her mantle embraces the diverse cultures of our local diocese, and several saints that accompany us on our spiritual journey.

Under the Blessed Mother’s mantle at the front are children representing the cultural families, as designated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Asian-Pacific Islander, Euro American, African American, Hispanic and Native American.

Meet Our Cultural Communities

The Office for Ethnic & 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. Here are some of the communities we serve.


Most Rev. Ramón Bejarano
Vicar General
Phone: (858) 490-8306
rbejaranoEmail at
Charlotte Fajardo
Assistant to the Vicar
Phone: (858) 271-0207 ext. 1204 
cfajardoEmail at
Alejandra Diaz
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8306
adiazEmail at
African American Community
Rick Stewart
r.g.stewart12Email at
Selma Johnson
Vice Chair
s.m.johnson5737Email at
Deacon Marvin Threatt
Spiritual Advisor
threattsEmail at
African Community
Bibiana Jones
nwamakajonesEmail at
Awichu Akwanya
aawichuEmail at
Rev. Emmanuel Ochigbo
Spiritual Advisor
emmaochigbo2001Email at
Brazilian Community
Deacon Luiz Bueno
Spiritual Advisor
luizbueno56Email at
Fagner Bernardo
fagnerbernardoEmail at
Chamorro-Guamanian Community
Nicolasa Garrido
Religious Leader
Brienda Diaz
ebdiaz671Email at
Joshua T. Borja
Sons & Daughter of Guam
guamclub.orgEmail at
Chinese Community
Ruey Hong
rueymawhongEmail at
Margaret Marsh
marshmyhEmail at
Rev. Anthony Yang
Spiritual Advisor
Eritrean Community
Semret Haile
semrethaileEmail at
Filipino Community
Athena Besa
abesaEmail at
Rev. Nemesio Sungcad
Spiritual Advisor
19neman51Email at
Hispanic Community
Luis Barajas
barajasluis23Email at
Rev. Edmundo Zárate-Suárez
Spiritual Advisor
Indian Community
Anita Lenus
anitaslenusEmail at
Prince Paul
Malyali Leaders-St. Michael
paulprince_usEmail at
Rev. Tom Kuzhipala
Spiritual Advisor
Indonesian Community
Benjamin Liem
Activities Coordinator
benliemEmail at
Rev. Sam Nasada
Spiritual Advisor
frsamEmail at
Irish Community
Cathy Ward
Executive Director
helpEmail at
Rev. Nick Clavin
Italian Community
Patrizia Vigili
mclpatriziaEmail at
Rev. Joseph Tabigue
Korean Community
Lawrence Hong
Vocation Lead
kccosd.vocEmail at
RanJoo Yip
kccosdEmail at
Rev. Gwangho Joseph Min
kccosdEmail at
Laotian Community
Kevin Souvannaphong
Donkeki3Email at
Khampheng Sphabmixay
khamphab99Email at
Maly Phabmisay
mphabmysayEmail at
Mission San Luis Rey-Multi Cultural Community
Jim Moore
Committee Member
folkfansEmail at
Native American-Mission Barona/St. Kateri Tekawitha
Rev. Herman Manuel SVD
herman_manuelEmail at
Beth Glasco
bglascoEmail at
Native American-Pauma/Pala
Cindy Devers
rezneckwomanEmail at
Ed McEnespy
pa_hi_edcmEmail at
Rev. Gerardo Fernandez
Samoan Community
Juliana Lutau
jlutauEmail at
Bernadette Aloese
bernadette.aloese1994Email at
Tongan Community
Kekekolio Taulanga
sefanaia73Email at
Aivine Tautuiaki
tautuiakiaivineEmail at
Vietnamese Community
Hien Nguyen
hienpamEmail at
Rev. Minh Do
Spiritual Advisor