Greg Semeniuk Multicultural Vicar

Gregory SemeniukNew Philly Vicar for a multicultural Church

Greg Semeniuk has taken on a new role within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On February 29, he began his duties as the new Vicar for Cultural Ministries.

As Vicar, Greg heads the offices for Hispanic Catholics, Black Catholics, and Catholic Migrants and Refugees. He also assists pastors in their ministries to these various groups. There are 34 sites for Hispanic ministry, 14 for black Catholics, and 27 other multicultural ministries.

Right now, Greg is Superior of De Andreis House, the Province’s house for students at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He works on the formation team there with Emmit Nolan. Greg will continue to assist at De Andreis, but on a limited basis. His new duties for the archdiocese will certainly keep him busy.

Greg is no stranger to the multi-cultural experience. As the child of an immigrant family from Poland, he experienced firsthand the Church’s role as a refuge to immigrants. He knows the importance of shaping Catholic faith and identity. He also understands that faith formation often needs to be paired with concrete support and assistance.

As a seminarian, Greg ministered to black Catholics, Hispanic Catholics, and other immigrant groups. He even had a pastoral experience in the Republic of Panama.

Greg’s concern for peoples of other cultures did not end after ordination. He ministered to Latinos on Long Island. He studied with students from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe during his doctoral program at Boston College. He experienced the vibrancy of the Korean, Vietnamese, Latino, and Ugandan faith communities during his work at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California. And, he opened a house to support Latino candidates in New York.

I grew to appreciate the depth of Gospel values, such as, the attention to the person, Marian devotion, the care of the suffering, and the joy of celebrating life.

Greg sees himself, first and foremost, as a pastor. For him, the Vicar for Cultural Ministries is an advocate. His role is to represent various groups’ needs to the archdiocese and to connect these groups to the larger Church. His firm hope is to build relationships with the people, appreciate their cultures, and pray with them.

Greg is grateful for this opportunity to serve as Vicar for Cultural Ministries. He recognizes both the challenges and the opportunities ahead. He asks for our prayers as he begins this new ministry.

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