Congratulations! Sr. Joanna Okereke, HHCJ celebrates her Silver Jubilee.
SR. JOANNA OKEREKE, HHCJ is currently the Program Coordinator, for the Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington DC. Sr. Joanna is a member of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus for 22 years, during which she has worked in many Missions and in different capacities.
She was the Financial Administrator of three Catholic Schools in Nigeria, and later became the Principal of one of the Schools. In 1996 she was missioned to the United States of America to join in the Mission of her Congregation. Here in the United States, she served as a Pastoral assistant and the director of Kuumba Center, a creative center at St. James and St. Juliana Catholic Church in Alexandria Louisiana. Later she became an Administrative Assistant at the Pastoral Center of the Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, and also the Financial Administrator of her Religious Order, after which she was elected the Mission Superior of her Religious Order here in the United States. Her professional and work experiences have always been the major source of inspiration, spiritual growth and social involvement in her life and community.
Sr. Joanna obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Education – Instructional Technology at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.
ROME, JUNE 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The secretary of the Pontifical Council of Migrants and Travelers is stressing the need to move from multiculturalism to "interculturalism" in order to live in harmony with different people.
Archbishop Agostino Marchetto said this during an address at a three- day meeting in Rome of the National Forensic Council, which concluded Friday.
The meeting, which focused on the theme, "The Safeguarding of Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties," was convened to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on this topic.
WASHINGTON—Through the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to encourage participation in the Census 2010, in order to reach hard-to-count communities.
“By reaching out to more than 25,000 parishes and missions, we hope to trumpet the importance of being counted as well as channel interested persons toward employment as census takers,” said Beverly Carroll, assistant director for African American Affairs of the Secretariat.
Churches working to ensure everyone is counted in 2010 US Census
By Nancy Frazier O'Brien Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON—Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, executive director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (/scdc/)of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be honored with the 2009 Aggiornamento Award of the Catholic Library Association (CLA). The ceremony will take place April 14, during the CLA’s annual convention in Anaheim, California.
Two Cultural Diversity Staff Members are Honored
United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB), Washington D.C. (November 19, 2008) Two staff members of the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church are honored for their 20 years of service to the USCCB.
|Leonor Castro 20 Years
Leonor learned about the conference through a former retired employee of the USCCB. She volunteered for the I Encuentro in 1984, and the experience was so fulfilling that when an opportunity arose to work here full-time, she took it without hesitation. Leonor was delighted to take a job at the conference and eager to use the skills she learned while earning a secretarial certification. She continues to find it very rewarding to be part of the Catholic experience in her current role as Staff Assistant within the new Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church. Leonor’s work has allowed her to feel a greater sense of connection to her Latin roots and the Hispanic community in general, which according to her is in need of reaffirming its faith as it continues to look to the Catholic Church as a refuge for its soul. Some of Leonor’s greatest highlights have been working at Encuentro 2000 in Los Angeles and at Convocation ‘95 in San Antonio, Texas.
Leonor is the proud mother of two sons, Jesus and Jorge. They have achieved everything she had hoped for them when they first immigrated to the United States from Peru. Leonor says she also feels very lucky to have excellent coworkers at the conference, friends that she considers part of her extended family.
|Beverly Carroll 20 Years
Beverly came to the conference in 1988 as Executive Director in the newly formed Subcommittee for African American Catholics and served in this capacity through 2007. She has been is a long time advocate and community organizer of inner city parishes and schools from her days of working in the Catholic Church in her native Baltimore to becoming a nationally known speaker on combating racism and affirming diversity. Beverly has received numerous awards and is often sought out for her advice. She is particularly proud of receiving the prestigious Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award from the Archdiocese of Baltimore for work in civil rights, the 1998 Woman of the Year award from the Baltimore Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and an Honorary Doctorate from Siena College in Loudonville, NY. Beverly led a delegation of African American Catholic women to an international meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also participated in a Conference in Enugu, Nigeria to implement the U.S. Bishops document on Solidarity with Africa.
Beverly currently serves the conference as an assistant Director in the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church and serves as staff to the Subcommittee on African American Affairs. She will continue to use her extensive experience to organize our dioceses and national organizations around issues that impact evangelization of African Americans to the Church.
Dear Friends in Christ,
On January 1, 2008 a reorganization of the USCCB went into effect. One of the results of this was the creation of one of the largest committees of the Bishops’ Conference, the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. I was honored to be elected first chairman of this committee at the bishops’ November 2007 annual meeting in Baltimore.
A Message from the Executive Director
Effective pastoral ministry depends on the ability to respond to the needs of people in a way that respects their identity and deepest values...
more Father Deck Named Director
President/Executive Director of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality, Orange, CA, has been named the first Executive Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church.