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San Jose Deacon Community Celebrates Diversity

Deacons and their wives participate in the celebration.

The Diocese of San Jose is among the most diverse dioceses in the nation and the San José Deacon Community is a microcosm of that amazing diversity. The deacon family is comprised of thriving cultures and rich histories that are reflected in our multicultural expressions of faith.

On September 22, Sabina and Deacon Sunny Offorjebe, along with the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish Nigerian Igbo community, gifted our deacon community and friends with a traditional Igbo service that featured singing, dancing and a history of the Catholic Church in Nigeria. Did you know that French missionaries were the first to bring the faith to Nigeria however, it was Irish missionaries who made a lasting impact on the country’s Catholic faith? As you might expect the beautiful and extravagant traditional Nigerian dress was a highlight of the evening.

This was the second spiritual cultural event that the San Jose Deacon Community has sponsored. Last year, our Vietnamese deacons and their wives shared their prayer traditions. Both events featured warm and delicious hospitality and expanded our understanding and appreciation of both cultures. Our exploration of the ethnic diversity within the San José Deacon Community will continue as we learn to unconditionally embrace the differences among us.