A donation to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal promotes and develops cultural awareness and sensitivity through the archdiocesan Office of Intercultural and Ethnic Diversity (OIED). The initiatives of OIED enable clergy, archdiocesan chancery personnel, parish staff, and ministry leaders to better understand and answer the pastoral needs of our ever-growing number of diverse parishioners and parochial communities.

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Thomas Fagbamiye

“The Church is universal. The Eucharist is the same in every language.”

Coming from Nigeria to Atlanta in 1985, Thomas Fagbamiye believes that each person has something unique to bring to the Eucharistic celebration of the Church. Focused on cultural skill building, Thomas recently completed a six-week online course in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Office of Intercultural and Ethnic Diversity and the University of Dallas. Entitled “Weaving Together a Culturally Diverse Church,” the course seeks to help leaders like Thomas become bridge-builders between diverse cultures in their communities.

“We have to be welcoming to the stranger, we have to unify in diversity. We are one – father, son, and Holy Spirit – unified in diversity.”

“We plan for people, not with them. That needs to change. I wish that everyone could take this course.”

A donation to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal supports the “Weaving Together a Culturally Diverse Church” online course and other work of the Office of Intercultural and Ethnic Diversity.