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Celebrating The Diversity Of All God's Children

We celebrate the diversity of our Church through cultural events, celebrations connected to popular cultural days, a leadership formation institute, a professional mentorship program, and a March for Immigrants. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, we live and celebrate the diversity of all God's children. We have undertaken a number of initiatives to call attention to the gifts and needs of immigrants in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. To celebrate our many cultures, we hold an annual Latino Family Day that includes a Mass, blessing of quinceañeras and quinceañeros, and celebration. We also participate in a Cantaré program which pairs Mexican cultural artists with parishes to work with children to keep the culture alive and share that culture with others. In the area of leadership development, we have Formation Institutes to provide pastoral leadership development for Spanish-speaking Catholic leaders in our Archdiocese. In the area of social justice, we established Community Engagement Teams to improve immigrant communities' relationship with the police. Second, one of our CCHD-funded groups created a network of professional mentors to teach immigrants how to navigate the system of starting a new business, transforming a whole neighborhood. Finally, we held a March for Immigrants attended by 44,000 people.