The Diocese of Charlotte embraces an array of peoples, rites and languages. Roman rite Masses are offered regularly in the English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Hmong languages, with periodic Masses said in Igbo (Nigerian) and Polish. The diocese has also embraced and journeyed alongside several “sui iuris” (“self-governing”) Eastern Catholic Churches in communion with the pope – including the Ukrainian Greek, Syro-Malabar, Maronite and Ethiopian/Eritrean Catholic Churches that have planted churches in western North Carolina.
As a faith community that welcomes and supports diversity, Bishop Peter Jugis calls it a sign of the Holy Spirit at work: “This is Catholicism. It is the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church – and it’s all happening right here.”