March 20, 2009

Multicultural ministry programs are scheduled in three deaneries

Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, will present programs on multicultural ministry in Indianapolis, Clarksville and Terre Haute on March 26-27.

The events are free and open to the public.

He will speak during “An Evening of Cultural Diversity” at 7 p.m. on March 26 at the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Memorial Library Auditorium at Marian College, 3200 Cold Spring Road, in Indianapolis.

Multicultural ministry exhibits that reflect the diverse expressions of Catholicism in the world will be on display at 6 p.m. at the library.

Following Father Deck’s speech, a panel will discuss cultural diversity in the archdiocese. WRTV Channel 6 anchor Grace Trahan of Indianapolis will serve as the program moderator.

The panelists are David Bethuram, agency director of Catholic Charities Indianapolis; St. Monica parishioner Maria Pimentel-Gannon of Indianapolis, Holy Angels parishioner Amanda Strong of Indianapolis and St. Monica parishioner Jessie Dias of Indianapolis.

Music will be provided by the African Catholic Ministry Choir, St. Patrick Parish Choir, Holy Angels Parish Gospel Choir, a Korean cellist from the St. Paul Catholic Center in Bloomington, and a Filipino choir from West Lafayette, Ind.

Father Deck will also present “An Informal Conversation” for Catholics in the New Albany Deanery at noon on March 26 at the Aquinas Center, 707 Providence Way-Side in Clarksville.

He will also present “An Informal Conversation” for Catholics in the Terre Haute Deanery at noon on March 27 at the Deanery Pastoral Center, 2931 Ohio Boulevard, in Terre Haute. †

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