Ethnic Ministry

Cultural Diversity

Mission Statment

Maripaz Ramos Director of Ethnic Ministry
The Office of Ethnic Ministry, essential to the Ministry of the Bishop of Reno, seeks to provide a diocesan connection for the needs of the diverse cultures within the Diocese. It seeks to promote and support pastoral ministers to the parishes, serve as a resource in initiating, providing and developing ministry to and with Hispanics, Filipinos, American Samoans, and other ethnic communities.  Here we collaborate with the Faith Formation and Parish Pastoral Services Offices to provide support for these offices in their ministry to the ethnic communities in the Diocese.

Hispanic Ministry

Our Lady of Guadalupe / Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Filipino Ministry

Events And FDCR Constitution And Bylaws

Filipino Catholics form a vibrant part of our diocese and strongly support the work in our parishes. Each year in a special way the Filipino community celebrate Simbang Gabi, Santo Nino, St. Pedro Calunsgod, and San Lorenzo Ruiz. These celebrations are organized through the Filipino Diocesan Council of Reno (FDCR).

Tongan Ministry

The Tongan Community gathers at Immaculate Conception Parish. 
Several times a year a special Tongan Mass is celebrated. 
The Tongan Council of Northern California and Norther Nevada gather at the Diocese of Reno for faith sharing and fellowship.  This gathering is called Misa Kasilio. The National Chaplain comes to facilitate Adult Faith Formation, to provide the sacrament of Reconciliation, and to celebrate mass in the Tongan language. This is a celebration that enriches and uplifts the faith of our Tongan Community so they can continue to serve. 

Korean Ministry

New Chaplain and New Schedule

Our Korean community has a new chaplain; his name is Fr. Peter Kim who recently came from Korea to minister the National Korean Parish of the Diocese of Sacramento. As part of his missionary outreach, he comes to Reno to celebrate the Holy Eucharistic and provide pastoral care to our Korean Community. This collaboration dates back approximately 23 years ago.

Currently, our Korean Community meets at Our Lady of Snows Parish Center every Sunday. The second Sunday of the month at 5:00 p.m. and the third Sunday at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. The first and fourth Sunday at 5:00 p.m. they gather to celebrate a Liturgy of the Word and for community building with Deacon Dominic.

If you know Korean Catholics, please inform them about this great opportunity to worship in their mother language. For more information, please contact the Office of Ethnic Ministry either by phone at 775-326-9423, or e-mail at Or find us in our website at

For those people who do not speak English please contact:
Rev. Arlon Vergara, OSA at 775-322-2255


For more information:

Maripaz Ramos - Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amber Cabrera - Administrative Assistant

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