Young people at HolyTrinity-St. Benedict’s Church in Alhambra honor the Filipino ancestry of many of the congregation’s members.

NEW COMMUNITIES, THE MULTICULTURAL MINISTRIES program of the diocese, will continue its series of full-day Asian Immersion experiences in which lay and clergy leaders will learn more about and engage with Asian cultures and communities on Saturday, September 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with “Exploring the Filipino Culture and Communities.”

As one of the fastest-growing and the second largest Asian group in the U.S., the Filipino community is very diverse and often overlooked. Hosted by Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce at Holy Trinity-St. Benedict Episcopal Church, Alhambra, the day will begin in Hultgren Hall with registration and coffee at 8:30 a.m. and include presentations and discussions on the Filipino populations in Southern California. Participants also will experience a bit of the indigenous Pinoy and Igorot cultures of the Philippines.

Presenters will include the Rev. Brent Quines (Holy Trinity-St. Benedict Church), the Rev. Gerry Engnan (St. Mark’s Church, Van Nuys) and Mel Soriano (All Saints Church, Pasadena). Holy Trinity-St. Benedict Church is located at 412 N. Garfield Avenue, Alhambra.

Reservations are required. Cost is $30 per person, payable to The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, memo: Asian Immersion. For reservations, contact the Rev. Peter Huang at or the Rev. Brent Quines,