WHAT: "HARMONY IN FAITH"
THE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL ASIAN AND PACIFIC CATHOLIC CONVOCATION
Pastors, religious and lay leaders, social workers, diocesan directors and educators from throughout the United States with Asian and Pacific heritage; diverse and colorful liturgical celebrations; discussion of issues such as immigration reform and human trafficking.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia
WHEN: June 30-July 3, 2006
DELEGATES: Tongans, Filipinos, Samoans, Chamorros, Chinese, Vietnamese, the Hmong and Kmhmu peoples, Indians, Laotians, Koreans, Japanese, Indonesians, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshi and Pakistanis
HIGHLIGHTS: Workshops and plenary sessions, pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, colorful liturgies in the Asian and Pacific traditions, cultural food and entertainment.
HOSTED BY: National Asian Pacific Catholic Organization (NAPCO), in cooperation with United States Conference of Catholic Bishops'(USCCB) Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.
SPEAKERS: Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino, Chairman, USCCB Committee on Migration; Bishop Dominic M. Luong of Orange County, California, the first Vietnamese-American Bishop appointed by the Vatican and Episcopal Moderator of Napco; Rev. Peter C. Phan, Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University; Sister Shalini D'Souza, Superior General, Sisters of Charity, Nazareth, KY.; Bishop Oscar Azarcon Solis of Los Angeles, first Filipino-American bishop appointed by the Vatican.
Contact: Fr. Arturo Monzon-Balagat, Chair, NAPCO (909-986-5146), Celile Motus, MRS (202-541-3384), William Ryan, USCCB Communications Depaartment (202-541-3200)