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Pastoral Outreach

Ethnic Ministry

Ethnic Ministry

By embracing our differences and cultural backgrounds, we become one diocese and one church, and it’s through connection and cultural awareness that we gain understanding of the many people who make up the Diocese of Joliet. The Office of Pastoral Outreach serves as a resource to help parishes welcome all ethnic communities.


Please see below for a list of organizations and programs the Diocese of Joliet recommends as resources for a variety of Catholic ethnic communities. Please contact Renata Cichowicz for additional information on how to support and welcome these communities.

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Ethnic Ministry [Accordion]

The Very Rev. William Dewan serves as the chaplain for the Black Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Joliet. Fr. Dewan is the pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Joliet, as well as the rector of the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet.

Very Rev. William Dewan
Phone: (815) 221-6019
[email protected]

Black Catholic Resources

The National Association of African Catholics in the United States (NAACUS)

National Black Catholic Congress

USCCB African American Affairs

Institutions for Theological Study with Black Catholic Programs