The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees sponsored the first annual African Heritage Mass Oct. 19 commemorating the rich heritage and diversity of the African Catholic community in the archdiocese.

The Mass, celebrated by Father Livinus Ugochukwu and including four choirs, was multilingual and multicultural, representing the linguistic and cultural diversity of Africa. Participants wore traditional attire of their countries of origin. See the full story here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)


Juwli Karluah of the Liberian Catholic community attends the African Heritage Mass Oct. 19.

Father Stephen Gitonga of the Kenyan Catholic community preaches the homily for Mass.


Father Livinus Ugochukwu, main celebrant for the Mass, accepts the offertory gifts.

Father Ugochukwu blesses the offertory procession with holy water.