Chinese and other Asians a Growing Part of Long Island's Population

Excerpts from Voices of NY website:

" ... whites still make up 75 percent of the population of 3 million, according to the 2010 Census. But the white population has dropped 4 percentage points since 2000."

" ... the Asian population – though it only makes up 5.5 percent of the whole picture – rose 54 percent in that decade, much faster than its 36 percent statewide growth. 

The Asian wave is even stronger in Nassau County, the more developed and affluent of the two counties on Long Island. Nassau attracted 40,000 more Asians between 2000 and 2010, a 62 percent jump that makes it one of the fastest growing Asian communities in New York State. The Census also found that among Asians on Long Island, 36,500 are Chinese, 39 percent more than 10 years before."

> Click here to see the full article on the "Voices of NY" website.

Real estate broker David Lin at a lot he believes would
serve well for a Chinatown in Garden City, L.I. 
(Photo by Rong Xiaoqing via Sing Tao Daily)


Asian American 2011 Student Comments from Rutgers University

“What’s Your Story?” 

Video from the 2011 White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, produced by Rutgers University students.




Huffpost online features the Rev. Christine Lee and the Rev. Winnie Varghese

An online article today in Huffpost, said "Women played an important role in the earliest days of Christianity. The Jesus of the Bible spoke directly to women and refused to treat them differently from men. The gospels portray them as disciples during Jesus’ ministry and the first witnesses of the resurrection. They’re mentioned in Paul’s letters as the leaders of house churches and missionaries in their own right."

The Rev. Christine Lee is the first Korean-American woman ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is a priest at New York City’s Trinity Wall Street Church.

These two priests are also leaders of the Episcopal Asian American Ministry group in the Diocese of New York.



EAM Long Island commission members will be on retreat March 28-30

Members of EAM Long Island will be on a post-Easter three day retreat at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Ronkonkoma, on the eastern end of Long Island.  This will be a time for personal, spiritual reflection and an unhurried time to discuss clergy leadership in parish and diocesan life and the world at large.

The Cenacle Retreat Center is located on 40 secluded acres in Ronkonkoma, Long Island. It is operated by the Cenacle Sisters whose mission is to “awaken and deepen faith with and for the people of our times.” 

The staff of the center is mainly Cenacle (Roman Catholic) Sisters, but also includes the Rev. Larry  Lewis, M.M., PhD.

Fr. Larry is a Maryknoll priest who served in Taiwan and China.

He coordinated a Project in cooperation with Bishops in China that educates sisters and priests from China to better serve the Church there. He holds a Doctorate in spirituality from Duquesne University.



Asia Week New York - March 10-19, 2016

Wonderful and magnificent exhibits of Asian art are on display at galleries across New York City now, during Asia Week New York, March 10-19.

Click on the web link below to visit the official website of Asia Week New York:

Calendar Reminder:  
The next Diocese of Long Island EAM (Episcopal Asian American Ministry) Commission meeting is next Friday, March 18, 11 am, at St. James Church, Elmhurst, hosted by the Rev. Paul Lai, EAM Commission Convener.

Sunday, June 12 - 100th Anniversary Day Long Strawberry Festival, starting with a bi-lingual Korean and English Eucharist followed by fun, fellowship, drummers, jazz, strawberries and many other food specialties, on the campus of All Saints Church, Great Neck; the Rev. Joseph Pae, rector.

Fr. Pae at the 2013 Strawberry Festival.



The Rev. Canon Dr. Winfred B. Vergara Addressed the Diocese of Easton Convention

The Rev. Canon Dr. Winfred B. Vergara delivered a banquet address in February at the Diocese of Easton diocesan convention. Pictured with him is Bishop Henry Parsely. Dr. Vergara mentioned his ministry as Priest-in-Charge at St. James Church in Elmhurst, in the Diocese of Long Island.

Video provided courtesy of Dr. Vergara

St. James congregation is now multi-ethnic, with more than 100 members who are Asian (Filipino, Chinese, Indian, Bangladesh, Indonesian, Thai, Korean) Black Caribbean, Latino and Anglo.



The Rev. Anandsekar J. Manuel at St. Paul's, Woodside, uses the web to welcome newcomers

Fr. Manuel, Priest-in-Charge, says, "Our congregation consists of persons from different ethnic, national, and linguistic backgrounds. We celebrate our unity in diversity, and are committed to our sacramental liturgical worship with rich music. You are always welcome at St. Paul’s."

Click on the following link to visit St. Paul's, Woodside, website: