Office of Cultural Diversity

Catholic Center - Diocese of Buffalo
795 Main Street. Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 716-847-2217 | Fax: 716-847-2206

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12:13

Our Mission: The Office of Cultural Diversity is committed to serve and address the pastoral and spiritual needs of the various cultural communities of the Diocese of Buffalo. Organizing ways for the church of the Diocese of Buffalo as a whole to celebrate its ethnic diversity and recognize that diversity is the strength of the Church. We are focused on bridging the gap between those in the mainstream culture and those who feel marginalized from the church because of ethnic or cultural division.

The Diocese of Buffalo merged the Hispanic Apostolate and the Office of Black Ministry in January 2008 to the Office of Cultural Diversity to address the pastoral and spiritual needs of the various cultures that are represented in the Diocese of Buffalo. The Office of Cultural Diversity will serve the Hispanic, African, African—American and Asian Catholics and also Urban Catholic Youth. Our office will also look at ways to build bridges between all the cultures in our Church.

Recruiting Commission Members: We are currently recruiting people to be members of the various commissions that are being formed. Please read the job description by clicking on the Ministry you would like to serve on and speak to your pastor or Pastoral administrator to ask for the application form and fill it out together with them. Once I get your application form I will call you for an interview.

/documents//Cultural Div Mission Commissions.pdf

/documents//Commission Application.pdf

/documents//Inst Past Mar Apr May 2019.pdf

/documents/Instituto pastoral/Inst Past Oct, Nov, Dec 2019_2.pdf

/documents/Cultural Diversity/Hisp Past Ins App Final spa eng.pdf

/documents//Cultural Div Brochure Spanish 2019.pdf

Contact Information

Office of Cultural Diversity, Tel. 716-847-2217

Office of Cultural Diversity Staff








 Diocesan Administrative Assistant: Yoharis Montanez


Diocesan Director: Cheryl Calire


Deacon Miguel Santos

Deacon Alejandro Manunta

Deacon Ronald Walker

What's New:

First Diversity Celebration Dinner Dance 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have rescheduled the celebration to:

Friday, October 23, 2020, at Samuel's Grande Manor at 6:30 P.M. Cost is $35.00 per person.

To order tickets please call (716) 847-2217 or email us at or fill out ticket order form attached below and drop off or mail out to us at 795 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203

If you are interested in sponsoring, please click on the sponsor letter below and fill out the sponsor form provided below.

/documents//Diversity Celebration Invitation Order Form 2020_2.pdf

/documents//Fundraiser Flyer 2020 Revised.pdf

/documents//Diversity Celebration PowerPoint 2020 Revised 2.pdf

/documents//Fund Sponsor Letter 2020 Final 2.pdf

/documents//Fundraiser Sponsor Form 2020.pdf


Advent Retreat "Preparemos el Camino con Maria" / "Let's Prepare the Way with Mary" 

Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Holy Angels Parish from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Preacher Rev. Juan Gaspar O.M.I. The cost is only $5.00

To register call 716-847-2217 before November 22, 2019 or send an email to or fill out the registration form at the bottom of the flyer attached below and mail out to us at 795 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203

/documents//Advent Flyer 2019.pdf


Lent Retreat "Encontrados por Jesus Pastor" / "Found by Jesus Pastor"

Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Holy Cross Church from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.

With preacher Reverend Juan Gaspar O.M.I., the cost is only $5.00.

To register call 716-847-2217 before February 24, 2020, or send an email to or fill out the registration form at the bottom of the flyer attached below and mail out to us at 795 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203

/documents//Lent R Flyer 2020.pdf


The Office of Cultural Diversity and the African American Commission is sponsoring a Reunion of all students of Catholic Schools in the City of Buffalo.   If you attended one of the former Catholic Schools (St. Francis De Salle, St. Mary of Sorrows, Turner Carroll, St. Columba, St. Mary on Broadway, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Nicholas, Diocesan Educational Campus (DEC),  St. Vincent De Paul, St. Mary Magdalene, Bishop Fulton, Mount St. Joseph Academy, St. Francis in Athol Springs, Sacred Heart Academy, St. Ann's and Bishop Carroll Elementary or High School.   We are looking to see if you would want to be on the committee to work on this reunion.   If you are interested in planning it, you are invited to come to a meeting on April 23, 2019 from 7:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Catholic Center, 795 Main Street.  We are thinking of having the reunion sometime in July of 2019 but are open to dates you may come up with.    If interested in coming to the meeting and being part of this committee RSVP by April 17, 2019 please contact Milagros Ramos at 716 847-2217 or email her at Or speak to any of the African American Commission members.


NBCC Congress XII
July 6-9, 2017
Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

A Day of Reflection

The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress will be held in Orlando, Florida from Thursday, July 6, 2017 to Sunday July 9, 2017. The theme is "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God." This date may seem far in the future, but we can utilize the days, weeks and months ahead to properly prepare ourselves for Congress XII through A Day of Reflection.

For more information on the Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress please visit the link provided.


V Encuentro Nacional de Pastoral Hispana/Latina

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center- Grapevine, TX
20-23 de septiembre del 2018 

Vision and theme of a V Encuentro

During the meeting in Baltimore, "missionary discipleship" emerged as a central theme of a V Encuentro. In addition, they defined the spirituality of encuentro and accompaniment as an illustration of the Bible passage of The Road to Emmaus, which ends with the Disciples joyfully walking toward Jerusalem. Moreover, they emphasized the necessity for a continual pastoral conversation that allows the Church, consistent with its missionary nature, to respond with more fidelity and enthusiasm to the Hispanic/Latino presence in parishes and dioceses. The Church will empower the Hispanic/Latin people to live their vocation more fully as joyful missionaries to the whole Church.
For more information please visit the official website for the V Encuentro.