Many cultures. Many opportunities

Many cultures. Many opportunities to share the Faith.

September 27 was quite a day for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office. More than 2,000 catechists, parish directors and coordinators of religious education, publishers, presenters, and other interested adults gathered at the Westchester County Center for our annual Catechetical Convocation. Under the theme “The Word in God in the Life and Mission of the Church,” they celebrated liturgy with Cardinal Egan, they sang, and they learned about share the faith and Scripture from more than dozen nationally known experts.

Many of those who attended were Spanish-speaking Catholics, perhaps giving the impression that what was once an Anglo church is now mostly Hispanic. Actually, the Church of New York has always been multi-cultural, including large African American, Native American and other cultural groups.

That’s why, during the Prayer of the Faithful, the petitions were presented in English, English, Spanish, Irish, Portuguese, Italian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Lingala (a language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo). Each year, we rotate the languages so that the more than 40 spoken in the Archdiocese are represented.

The closing prayer service saluted Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, whose people contributed so much to creating the Church in New York.

All year long, parish catechists offer religious education in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, Korean, Polish, Albanian and more. Training for these catechists is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese at sites throughout the archdiocese. We also offer catechist formation on-line in English.

If you’re interested in enriching your faith, either as a catechist or just for your own benefit, go to While you’re at it, check out, our home page, which tells about everything else your Archdiocesan Catechetical Office is doing for you.

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