Multicultural Ministry | Diocese of Lansing

Multicultural Ministry

Director: Ronald Landfair, MPS
phone: 517-342-2496
fax: 517-342-2468

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM)


“Throughout the United States we experience a profound demographic shift as Hispanics, Asians, Africans, Caribbean people, and many other communities of non-European origin are on the rise. Today, as ever, the Church's mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and promote the life and dignity of each and every human being has much to do with insight into cultures. Catholic parishes are moving from mono-cultural patterns to ones we call "shared," that is, to parishes in which more than one language, racial or cultural group seek to celebrate the Eucharist and embody Christian community. For ministers and pastoral workers to be effective in this diverse environment, the right knowledge, attitudes and skills need to be developed.”

                                                United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)









“Two hundred years later, the Church in America can rightfully praise the accomplishment of past generations in bringing together widely differing immigrant groups within the unity of the Catholic faith and in a common commitment to the spread of the Gospel. At the same time, conscious of its rich diversity, the Catholic community in this country has come to appreciate ever more fully the importance of each individual and group offering its own particular gifts to the whole. The Church in the United States is now called to look to the future, firmly grounded in the faith passed on by previous generations, and ready to meet new challenges—challenges no less demanding than those faced by your forebears—with the hope born of God’s love, poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit”  (cf. Rom 5:5).Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Mass in Washington, D.C., April 17, 2008

"The Church of the twenty-first century will be as it has always been. A Church of many cultures, languages and traditions - yet simultaneously one.
As God is one—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—unity in diversity."

Michigan Bishops' Statement on Immigration
August, 2011

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity In Diversity
A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

A variety of workshops are available from the Office of Mulitcultural Ministry. Contact Ron Landfair for more information.

USCCB African American Catholic Ministry

"Brothers and Sisters to Us" (U.S. Bishops Pastoral Statements on Racism)

2011 National Black Catholic Survey

Executive Summary of Key Findings of Pastoral Issues

National Black Catholic Congress Quick Facts

National Black Catholic Congress XI Quick Facts

Blood of the Martyrs

Christ The King Parish, Flint (Personal African American Parish)

USCCB Migrant Ministry

Diocese of Lansing Migrant Ministry

USCCB Asian and Pacific Ministry

St. Andrew Dung-Lac Parish, Lansing (Personal Vietnamese Parish)


National Black Catholic Congress


La Santa Sede

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Evangelization and Lay Formation

Department Chair
Lay Ministry Formation
Deborah Amato

Multicultural Ministry
Hospital Ministry
Ron Landfair

Lay Ecclesial Certification
Patrick Rinker

High School & Middle School Ministry
Brian Flynn

Coordinator of Outreach Ministries
Persons with Disabilities
Council on Aging
Listening Ministries
Women's Ministries
Margaret Grima

Administrative Assistant
Diane Arzberger

Administrative Assistant
Anne Rivet

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Ministry
Rose Smith


Hispanic Ministry
To Be Filled in 2016 

Restorative Justice
Young Adult Ministry
Campus Ministry
Interim Director: Deb Amato

Youth Ministry