2017 Certification Ceremony Graduates of Leadership Program 2017

Congratulations to the students that completed the

Leadership Certification Program at the

Intercultural Pastoral Institute!


Great thanks to all who served and

participated in this 2017 Certification Ceremony.



In the diversity of peoples who experience the gift of God, each in accordance with its own culture, the Church expresses her genuine catholicity and shows forth the “beauty of her varied face” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel).

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The Office of Multicultural Ministries seeks to serve all cultural and ethnic communities located in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and to respond to the needs all new newcomers. We have assisted many immigrants within our diocese to join in parish and diocesan activities that are respectful to their cultures and enrich the lives of the immigrants within our Church.


This office works to promote an increased awareness of the cultural/ethnic strengths and diversity of the archdiocese, to assist parishes in developing services to meet multicultural needs, and offer intercultural approach to ethnic and cultural diversity in the Archdiocese.

Values to Guide Intercultural Ministry

  • Mutual Respect; Honest and open
    acceptance of all cultures
  • Share traditions and time together learn from each other
  • Unity and Diversity leading to growth in faith and spirit
  • Curiosity
  • Hospitality
  • Embracing all cultures with humility

Hopes for Intercultural Ministry

  • Actions that can be implemented at the parish level
  • An evangelized inter-cultural ministry
  • Engagement of everyone in church/parish to promote unity
  • Stamp out fear by the majority population/groups
  • Through stewardship, share our gifts to create support systems that tend to the needs of newcomers and their future generations, especially the young

Our Office Staff

  • Deacon Mike Braun, Secretariat for Pastoral Ministries Director
  • Oscar Castellanos, Director of Intercultural Ministry
  • Pearlette Springer, Black Catholic Ministry Coordinator
  • Saul Llacsa, Hispanic Ministry Coordinator
  • Claudia Corona, Administrative Assistant for Intercultural Pastoral Institute
  • Vacant, Adminsitrative Assistant for Intercultural Ministry Office

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