The Congregation welcomes and appreciates the heritage of the Sisters representation from two Asian countries, namely Vietnam and the Philippines that contribute to enrich the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston in their contributions to sharing their charism, life, and spirituality.
In 1990, U.S. President, George H.W. Bush signed a billed passed by Congress to extend Asian American Heritage Week to a month, by 1992, May was officially designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen because it commemorates the migration of the first immigrants from Japan to the United States in 1843. May also was the celebration of the completion of thetranscontinental railroad by over 20,000 Asian immigrants in 1869.
Today, Asian American and Pacific Islander uses the acronym AAPI. This acronym has become morecommonly used following the Stop AAPI Hate Campaign to raise awareness of the attacks and hate toward the AAPI community since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Catholic Health Association of the UnitedStates shares with the world the following prayer:
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Prayer
Loving God, we praise you for your endless creativity made manifest in the diversity of all people.Each tribe, ethnicity, and culture are an expression of your expansive grace that covers all of us. We especially praise you for the goodness and wisdom of the peoples of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
For the name and story of each person who claims this heritage, we praise your love. For the art, music,innovations, food, and culture they share with the world, we praise your goodness. For the security and peaceof their homes, businesses, and places of worship, we ask your protection.
Keep all descendants of Asia and the Pacific Islands in your care, hold them in your love and make of usfierce advocates and allies for welcome, inclusion and the common good. Amen.
“Be content with what you have. Rejoicein the way things are. When yourealize nothing is lacking, the whole worldbelongs to you.”
Lau Tzu, Chinese Philosopher