Diocese of New Westminster Presence at Pista ng Bayan

Many thanks to those who took the time to staff the Diocese of New Westminster Info Booth at the Pista ng Bayan: Festival of Festivals celebrating Philippine Independence at Memorial Park in South Vancouver, Sunday, July 9.

Comptroller for the diocese, Shailene Caparas is very active in the Filipino community and is a member of the Pista ng Bayan Board. It was in part thanks to her energy and encouragement that a Diocese of New Westminster information booth was available for the 2017 celebration.  This was the second consecutive year that the diocese has had a presence at Pista ng Bayan.

There are four parishes in the diocese led by priests originally from the Philippines: St. Michael’s Multicultural Church at Broadway near Kingsway; St Mary the Virgin, Sapperton; St. Mary, Southill, South Vancouver and St. Michael’s near Surrey's Newton neighbourhood.

In May of 2016 the Diocese of New Westminster entered into a Companion Diocese relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP) and that relationship has been growing steadily over the past 14 months.


  • The Diocese of New Westminster Info Booth
  • There was a huge crowd on hand for the celebration as can be seen in this shot from one of the stages.  

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Shailene Caparas