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Two Diocesan global solidarity ministers reflect on their immersion journey to a small West African country in July

By Naida Castro and Adriana Franco

 “You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified…”

- Pope Francis


 After a 13-hour flight from Dulles airport, we finally arrived in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, a small country in West Africa.

Read more: CRS trip fosters solidarity with Burkina Faso

By Sister Chilee Okoko, D.M.M.M.

ONTARIO—On September 17 Catholics of African descent in the Diocese celebrated with Bishop Gerald Barnes in tribute of his 25th Episcopal Anniversary with Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church in Ontario.

Read more: Catholics of African descent honor Bishop Barnes with chieftain status

SANTA CLARA—For his empowerment of lay leaders through formation and his leadership in promoting the blessings of cultural diversity in the Church, Bishop Gerald Barnes has been honored with the Allen Figueroa Deck Award.

Read more: Bishop Barnes honored at Santa Clara University as a champion of diversity

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