Cultural Diversity

About Us

The Office for Ethnic and Intercultural Communities, embracing cultural diversity as a strength of our Church, envisions sustaining each Catholic community’s unique cultural and traditional expressions of faith, while offering a sense of unity with all Catholics in the Diocese of San Diego, for the greater glory and honor of God.


The Office for Ethnic and 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.
The Office, in collaboration with Diocesan Pastoral Ministries and Agencies, provides resources and services that:

  • Promotes on-going dialogue, cultural awareness and understanding of the Ethnic Catholic communities within the Diocese;
  • Encourages parish and diocesan connections with those groups that do not have a parish representative body;
  • Empowers ethnic leaders to build up faith communities in the Church;
  • Builds coalition among ethnic groups by encouraging leadership in the pursuit for spiritual growth.
Celebrating Diversity (Prayer)

Almighty God, through your Holy Spirit you created unity in the midst of diversity;
We acknowledge that human diversity is an expression of your manifold love for your creation;
We confess that in our brokenness as human beings we turn diversity into a source of alienation, injustice, oppression, and wounding.
Empower us to recognize and celebrate differences as your great gift to the human family.
Enable us to be the architects of understanding, of respect and love;
Through the Lord, the ground of all unity, we pray.
– Author Unknown (Source

Visiting Priests Protocol

In the Diocese of San Diego, ALL clergy from outside of the diocese who will be engaging in ministry within the Diocese, must submit a Testimonial of Suitability prior to their visit. These documents must be dated within three (3) months of event(s).

In addition, parish and diocesan groups should have the Ministry Event Details approved by their pastor and the Vicar for Clergy prior to extending invitations to clergy and religious.

Policies and forms: Here

For more information contact the Vicar for Clergy (858) 490-8200


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