Saturday, July 20, 2024

Multicultural Celebration Extends Welcome to All

A rainy and gray afternoon didn’t diminish the spirits of the families, friends and clergy who gathered for the Diocese’s inaugural Multicultural Picnic on Harrisburg’s City Island on August 22.

With the city skyline and flowing Susquehanna River as their backdrop, attendees enjoyed a potluck feast of picnic classics and cultural favorites, camaraderie, music and faith sharing by several priests.

The gathering was hosted by the Diocese’s Black Catholic Apostolate, which transformed its 40-year picnic tradition into an event welcoming and celebrating all cultures.

“This year, the apostolate decided to invite people of all cultures together in one celebration of our Catholic faith,” said Angele Mbassi, coordinator of the Black Catholic Apostolate. “God does not speak or hear in just one language.”

In the Diocese of Harrisburg, Multicultural Ministries are under the oversight of the Office of Catholic Life and Evangelization. For information on Multicultural Ministries, visit

(Photos by Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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