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WWW: Well Women, Witness! - November 1, 2014
“Hunger for God” Annual Spiritual Retreat
November 7-9, 2014
Black Catholic History Month Lecture
November 10, 2014
“Pastoring in Black Parishes” A Series of Clergy Enrichment Conferences
November 11-13, 2014
The 225th anniversary of Black Catholic History - November 16, 2014
Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner - November 21, 2014
Restore Justice!
November 21, 2014
Catholic Symposium
November 22, 2014
 
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I’m Going Home like a Shooting Star!
The legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman

The legacy of Sr. Thea BowmanOn June 17, 1989, less than a year before she died of bone cancer, Sr. Thea Bowman was invited to address the American bishops. Different as she was from this group-a Southern black woman, a nun raised among Protestants, a dying woman vibrantly alive-Sr. Thea was fully herself and very much at home.

She began her address by singing the Negro spiritual “Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child,” then humbly asked the bishops to help her and other marginalized people find their rightful place in the Church: Can you hear me, Church? Will you help me, Church? I’m a pilgrim in the journey looking for home, and Jesus told me the Church is my home, and Jesus told me that heaven is my home; and I have here no lasting city. Cardinals, archbishops, bishops: my brothers, please help me to get home. Full Story

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 I’m Going Home like a Shooting Star! The legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman
 Preparing for Christmas With the Advent Wreath
 John Paul II, Women, and the Catholic Contemplative Tradition
 Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships
 10 Deadly Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys
Publications
 Book Of The Month:
RINGSHOUT! A National Rites of Passage For the New and Promised Generation
 Author Of The Month:
Estella Conwill Majozo, Ph.D.
NBCC Spotlight
 Trailblazing to sainthood, the Rev. Augustus Tolton awaits canonization
Black Catholic Profile
 Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN
Upcoming Events
 WWW: Well Women, Witness!
November 1, 2014
 “Hunger for God” Annual Spiritual Retreat
November 7-9, 2014
 Black Catholic History Month Lecture
November 10, 2014
 “Pastoring in Black Parishes” A Series of Clergy Enrichment Conferences
November 11-14, 2014
 The 225th anniversary of Black Catholic History
November 16, 2014
 Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner
November 21, 2014
 Restore Justice!
November 21, 2014
 Catholic Symposium
November 22, 2014
 Archbishop Lori is looking for a few good men
December 13, 2014
 St. Raymond and St. Leo The Great Women’s Conference 2015 “Irresistible Call”
January 17-18, 2015
 Youth Rally and Mass for Life
January 22, 2015
 Faith in the Woods: “A Spirit filled” Camping Trip
April 24-26, 2015
In The News
 Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod
 Biloxi’s retired bishop has been eyewitness to racial division, healing
 Houston carries out ‘witch hunt’ on pastors opposing ‘bathroom bill’
 Faith leads to generous love, not fake facades, hypocrisy, pope says
 St. Louis archbishop calls for nonviolent response to racism
 Synod: the Holy See Press Office has published the “Relatio post disceptationem” of the General Rapporteur, Card. Péter Erd?, October 13, 2014.
 Sr. Antona Ebo recalls her ‘march on Selma’ in ’65
 Archdiocese says St. Peter Claver Center will close
 Exorcism Performed By Catholic Archbishop After Black Mass In Oklahoma
 Lykehouse marks a decade and a half of ministry to AUC students
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John Paul II, Women, and the Catholic Contemplative Tradition - “John Paul II offers a deepened understanding of the contemplative tradition, an understanding which clarifies that both woman and man are fully human subjects in their own right, as well as in co-equal relation to each other. This equality in relation likewise clarifies the nature of the collaborative stewardship of our whole environment of earth, wherein the nature/culture dualism that had devalued woman as signifying nature to be dominated gives way to a non-domination paradigm.”

Youth & Young Adults >>

Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive RelationshipsDomestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships - Domestic abuse often escalates from threats and verbal abuse to violence. And while physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel helpless and alone.

NBCC Spotlight >>

Trailblazing to sainthood, the Rev. Augustus Tolton awaits canonizationTrailblazing to sainthood, the Rev. Augustus Tolton awaits canonization - The students of Father Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia weren’t in Chicago when the dossier containing four years of research on the man after whom their school was named was sealed with red wax and sent off to the Vatican. For the Tolton Trailblazers, the canonization of their namesake would mean a change in the name of their school, the first Catholic high school in this central Missouri college town and the only school in the world named for him.

NBCC News >>

Pope Francis speech at the conclusion of the Synod - I can happily say that - with a spirit of collegiality and of synodality - we have truly lived the experience of “Synod,” a path of solidarity, a “journey together.” And it has been “a journey” - and like every journey there were moments of running fast, as if wanting to conquer time and reach the goal as soon as possible; other moments of fatigue, as if wanting to say “enough”; other moments of enthusiasm and ardour…And since it is a journey of human beings, with the consolations there were also moments of desolation, of tensions and temptations, of which a few possibilities could be mentioned...

Biloxi’s retired bishop has been eyewitness to racial division, healing - Bishop Howze, 91, a native of Daphne, Alabama, was appointed the first bishop of Biloxi in 1977. He was the first black Catholic bishop in the 20th century to head a diocese, and at the time of his retirement in 2001, he was the top-ranking active black Catholic bishop in the U.S. The bishop recently shared some recollections of growing up in the segregated South and how racial healing was gradually brought about through the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Houston carries out ‘witch hunt’ on pastors opposing ‘bathroom bill’ - After citizens filed a lawsuit against the City of Houston for failing to accept petitions for the repeal of the controversial “bathroom bill” allowing members of each sex to use each other’s restrooms, the city has subpoenaed sermons and internal church communications of local pastors, some of whom are not even a part of the lawsuit.

Faith leads to generous love, not fake facades, hypocrisy, pope says

St. Louis archbishop calls for nonviolent response to racism

Synod: the Holy See Press Office has published the “Relatio post disceptationem” of the General Rapporteur, Card. PĂ©ter Erd?, October 13, 2014

Sr. Antona Ebo recalls her ‘march on Selma’ in ’65

Archdiocese says St. Peter Claver Center will close

Exorcism Performed By Catholic Archbishop After Black Mass In Oklahoma

Lykehouse marks a decade and a half of ministry to AUC students

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Spirituality >>

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, ArchangelsPreparing for Christmas With the Advent Wreath - The Advent wreath is a popular Advent custom that originated in Germany. It consists of four candles (three purple and one rose), surrounded by evergreen branches. One purple candle is lit the first week, two the second, two purple and one rose the third, and finally all four in the last week of Advent. The light of the candles signifies the light of Christ, Who will come into the world at Christmas.

Health & Wellness >>

10 Deadly Habits That Seriously Damage Your Kidneys - Damage or steady decline of your kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases”. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late.

Black Catholic Profile >>

Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeNSr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN - Sr. Chappell is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Connecticut unit, and served on the Provincial Leadership Team for her community. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and was the Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish in Washington, D.C. She was trained by Crossroads in anti-racism training and organizing and serves as the national co-chair on her community’s anti-racism team.

Book of the Month >>

RINGSHOUT!RINGSHOUT! A National Rites of Passage For the New and Promised Generation - This book should be in the hands of every member of this new and promised generation! It is just that powerful! Parents can share it with their children! Teachers with their students! Mentors with their mentees! And friends with each other! It presents the history of America through the African American perspective and prepares young people everywhere to begin to take their rightful place as conscious, committed leaders in the new world.

Author of the Month >>

Monique B. MartinEstella Conwill Majozo, Ph.D - Dr. Estella Conwill Majozo is a professor, poet, performance artist, and activist. Her books include the award-winning Come Out the Wilderness (The Feminist Press); Middle Passage: 105 Days (Africa World Press); Blessings for a New World (Third World Press); Libation: A Literary Pilgrimage through the African American Soul (Harlem River Press); and Jiva Telling Rites (Third World Press).

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