Interracial Healing Task Force

About the Interracial Healing Task Force

  • Mission
  • Purpose
  • Structure
  • Work
  • Mission Statement

    Acknowledging that racism has a powerful, lasting effect on the lives of individuals and communities, the Diocese of Dallas Task Force on Interracial Healing will strive to ensure that the Diocese of Dallas and all of its entities uphold the dignity of all people, from all races and ethnicities. We know that each person is created in the image of God, and thus our work will both promote racial healing and work to prevent future transgressions. This important work allows us to collectively recognize our common humanity, acknowledge the truth of past wrongs and build authentic relationships capable of transforming communities.

  • Purpose of the Task Force

    • Form a task force that is representative of the larger community
    • Base efforts on Catholic social teaching and scripture
    • Develop strategies and efforts to promote interracial healing
  • Structure of the Task Force

    • 12-15 task force members who are appointed by Bishop Edward J. Burns.
    • Membership will reflect the cultural diversity of the Diocese of Dallas.
    • The Bishop will chair the meetings.
    • The Bishop will appoint a member of his staff to facilitate and administrate the task force.
  • Work of the Task Force

    Items the task force has been working on:

    • The task force was able to develop Lenten reflection questions to promote interracial healing:
    • There has been an effort to look at why so many of our young adults are leaving the Catholic Church. The task force is working with the Diocesan Office of Youth & Young Adults to address this reality.
    • Organized a Mass of Healing on May 25th to promote interracial healing.
    • The task force is committed to going to parishes around the diocese and having courageous conversations & listening sessions on racism. The first session was at Holy Cross Parish and future sessions are planned at other parishes, including St. Joseph Vietnamese Parish.

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Questions? Email Maria Beltran, Director of Pastoral Cultural Services