Being a Black Father in the United States of America
Tony Porter  |  June 8, 2020

I’m in pain. My community — my people — are hurting. And I’m hurting. I find myself calling my 21-year-old son — over and over — just to hear his voice. Just to tell him I love him. I’m struggling to explain what’s happening to my 8-year-old grandson. It’s too hard to look into his big, innocent, brown eyes and tell him the world doesn’t value him the same way it does his White friends. Yet, I have to educate him. I have to because knowing how the world sees him — and how he needs to respond — is what can help keep him safe. Read more...

Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues and the Chief Executive Officer of A Call to Men. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. 

Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine  as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.” (View video below)

A call to men | Tony Porter

NEW From Our Sunday Visitor

Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood
Edited by Michael R. Heinlein; forward by Archbishop
Jose H. Gomez 

Memory Project by Videographer, Ashé Friday, reveals history of Richmond parishes

Now Available to Purchase -- Bishop Edward K. Braxton's New Book:

The Church and the Racial Divide: Reflections of an African American Catholic Bishop

Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

Rising to Sainthood

Download images by clicking on the portraits below

Click here to read biographies of the Holy Men and Women Rising to Sainthood. Click button under portraits to learn more about each Cause for Canonization.

Black pro-life leader on the crisis of abortion: ‘If you can’t get out of the womb, nothing matters’

By Bettina di Fiore | LIVEAction

[T]here is a very real part of the Black history narrative that most people — including people in the Black community — do not know: the Civil Rights Movement was pro-life, and the battle for so-called “abortion rights” has always been a red herring for racism. Read more...

Why does Lent last 40 days?

By Philip Kosloski | Aleteia Magazine

The number 40 has deep biblical roots.

Each year the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church celebrates Lent with 40 days of prayer and fasting before the great celebration of Easter. This number is very symbolic and has deep ties to multiple biblical events. Read more...

William King knew he wanted to be a priest since he was 4 years old.
He traces the decision to one of his childhood priests, Father Greg Chisholm, a Jesuit who once served as pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Jefferson Park. Read more...


by Bishop Robert Barron

The Church recommends three great spiritual practices for Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But the readings during Lent suggest a fourth great practice: the forgiveness of one’s enemy.

Take a moment and look around.  Did you know that many of the products we use every day were created by black people? Here’s a list of 15 Untold Black History Inventors Wasn't Taught At School until now, you probably didn’t know about.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is taking applications for the position of Chaplain for the Women's Correctional Facility.


The Chaplain shall provide the following services to the Catholic population in a fashion consistent with the beliefs and practices of the faith (addt'l duties)

  1. Develop  monitor and deliver worship services, including Mass
  2. Provide instructional and personal growth opportunities,
  3. Addressing spiritual and emotional needs through pastoral counseling,

To apply or for more information, contact: Dcn. Seigfried Presberry,
Director, Office of Prison Ministry

Phone: 410-547-5575
​Steve Anderson, Manager, Human Resources

Phone: 410-547-5513

To you, O blessed Joseph

To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our afflictions, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
     Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
     O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.
     As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.


DR BILLIE TERRELL is an active Catholic and

licensed and practicing clinical therapist. She recently

retired from the University of St. Francis as a Professor

Emeritus after 25 years as a full-time faculty member, Director of the BSW/ MSW programs, Chair of the Social Work Department, and 10 years as Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity. She has maintained private practice for many years, providing individual and family therapy, consultation to employee assistance agencies and county-based trauma therapists. Dr. Terrell is a wife, mother, grandmother...and great-grandmother to Grey Josephine.

The Season of Lent
"Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly." 

- Pope Francis, 2018 Lenten Message

As the season of Lent approaches on Ash Wednesday (February 17), the Catholic Apostolate Center invites you to begin your preparation. It is important to start thinking about how we can use this opportunity to grow in holiness and say “yes” more fully to our call to missionary discipleship. 

Our Lenten Resource page offers you e-books, podcasts, webinars, videos, blogs, and more that cover all aspects of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We encourage you to use and share our resources.

We are also pleased to share with you our e-book entitled Lent and Easter. As Center Director, Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C., mentions in the foreword, "When our first e-book was published in 2014, I wrote that it was our hope that all those who read it would 'reflect on and strengthen their relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, the Infinite Love.' Now it is with much happiness that we release our next e-book, Lent & Easter." 
This e-book features reflections from the Catholic Apostolate Center's Ad Infinitum Blog that coincide with both Lent and Easter. We hope that this resource will aid you on your spiritual journey throughout Lent.    

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Despite black Catholicism’s rich history, African American priests are hard to find

By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil | Angelus News


Reflecting on legacy of her historic parish, St. Augustine, Dena Grant says ‘they kept the faith’
By Catholic Standard Staff

Dena Grant, who was baptized at St. Augustine Parish in Washington, D.C., graduated from St. Augustine School and has been an active parishioner there all her life, was interviewed recently for the Catholic Standard's Black Catholic Voices series. Read more...

How to Prepare for Lent

By Vinita Hampton Wright | Ignatian Spirituality

We have the traditional Catholic practices of praying, fasting, and almsgiving. So, we pray more than usual, or we pray with different emphases.  


Sorrowful Mysteries:
Agony in the Garden: trust in God;
Scourging at the Pillar: purity;
Crowning with Thorns: fortitude;
Carrying of the Cross: perseverance in trials;
Crucifixion: forgiveness
​     for others

Glorious Mysteries:
Resurrection: faith;
Ascension: hope;
Descent of the Holy Spirit: gifts of
​     the Holy Spirit
Assumption: To Jesus
​     through Mary
Coronation: final perseverance.

Lenten Resources
In this upcoming season of Lent, we turn our focus to six weeks of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

The Church provides us with many beautiful practices in this Lenten season and we encourage you to learn more about them through our Lenten Resource page. 

This resource includes many different Lenten reflections, guides to the Sacrament of Penance, the Stations of the Cross, and more, making it a helpful tool for the Lenten season.

Visit our Lenten Resource page by clicking here and be sure to share it with your family, friends, and colleagues. 

This young Nigerian woman has been held captive for 1,096 days by Boko Haram!

By Maria Lozano - ACN Aleteia Magazine

Kidnapped as a schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu is reportedly still alive. Her family and supporters are asking the world to call for her release. Read more...

Holy Hour of Adoration - LIVE from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

How to allow Lent to be a time of healing and renewal

By Edifa | Aleteia Magazine

Why not take advantage of this Lenten season to sort out the problems in your life?
For Yves Boulvin, a Christian and a psychotherapist, Lent is a great opportunity to rediscover God, and transform our attitude toward ourselves, our life, and all those we love. He offers some advice on the subject. Read more...

Daily Mass Readings, Order of Mass, Liturgy of Hours, and More!

At Lent, the Friday fish fry continues, with some changes
By Jenn Ladd | Philadelphia Inquirer

North Philly’s St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church will only hold two fish fries this year, on March 12 and 26, and only as to-go platters. Read more... MONICA HERNDON/File Photograph

EWTN Presents the Litany of St. Joseph

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Feed Your Soul with Prayer this Lent!
Nothing will transform your life so completely, absolutely, and forever like really learning how to pray. That’s why this year’s BEST LENT EVER journeys through Matthew Kelly’s latest book, I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through all forty days of Lent, you will receive a daily email with a short video to help you reconnect with yourself and your God. If you choose to throw yourself into this experience, we promise you that you will be surprised by what God can do in your life with just an email, a short video and an open heart. So this year, don’t just sign up for BEST LENT EVER, have your best lent ever!

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Bishop Roy Campbell, NBCC President, says the following about the book: "It is my profound honor to add my voice in support of Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood...The book introduces readers to six Black Americans who dealt in their lifetimes with the human denigration and suffering that is manifested by American's original sin of racism. Yet they not only persevered, but truly lived as Christian people..."

Copies can be ordered by clicking this link:

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for news, interviews & commentary.

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Holy Land: Franciscans offer virtual Way of the Cross during Lent

The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land present a virtual Way of the Cross alternative for the faithful during Lent because for the second successive year, pilgrimages are not possible due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

By Vatican News staff writer

​Lent this year unfolds as the world continues to battle with the Covid-19 pandemic, which brings with it unprecedented difficulties, including disruptions to travel for pilgrims to the Holy Land during this period.

6 Black Therapists on the Best Ways to Practice Self-Care Right Now

BY CORTNE BONILLA | Allure Magazine

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racism, it can be easy to forget to take a moment for yourself. Therapists explain how to harness your anger for good, and how to set strong emotional boundaries.  Read more...

TOTAL PRAISE (Smallwood) -- Choir members from the parishes of St. Martin de Porres (dir. Tonya Dorsey), St. Thomas of Villanova (dir. Ted Latham), St. Katharine of Siena (dir. Youngjin Joo), and St. Genevieve (dir. Guna Pantele), sing Richard Smallwood's "Total Praise," with Youngjin Joo at the piano. Happy Black History Month!

Bishop John Ricard, SSJ is interviewed about his call to a vocation and the need for more young Black people to answer their call.

Interviews with other bishops and priests can be found here:

from the Knights of Columbus

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Year of St. Joseph Prayer

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Statement of Cardinal Wilton Gregory on the Appointment of Monsignor Jerome Feudjio as Bishop of Saint Thomas

ADW Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pope Francis today named Monsignor Jerome Feudjio the new Bishop of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands.  Read more...

In 2019, the National Black Catholic Congress awarded St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia a grant from the Daniel Rudd Fund. This grant partially funded the "Memory Project 1969" video above. The NBCC congratulates videographer Ashé Friday on this great film!

​​To be clear, there are formally recognized African Saints and American Saints, but no formally recognized African-American Saints. But that could soon change. 



The IBCS, in conjunction with Xavier University's Office of Graduate Programs, presented an Information Webinar on its Masters of Theology Program, Monday, March 1, 5-7pm Central Time.  This one-hour session gives all the relevant information on this unique program established in 1980 - the only one of its kind in the nation. Learn about its mission and curriculum. Meet faculty and staff, learn about the admissions process. 

Click here to view the recorded webinar.  Questions? We're here to help! Contact us: email or call 504-520-7487.

Click the image below to download the course listings.

There are six incredible men and women who are on the path to Canonization. It's time to hear their stories. Read more...

Black Catholic Vocations Prayer

God our Liberator,
We thank you and praise you
For you are a God who walks with us,
Who knows our struggles,
And who gives us strength to answer your call.

You have created us in your likeness
…I hear you calling us to keep on keeping on.

You have anointed us to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to set captives free
…I hear you calling us to go and tell the Good News about Jesus Christ.

You have blessed us with family and faith, spirit and soul
…I hear you calling us to live and leave a legacy of your love.

“O my Lord, what shall I do?”

Free us, Faithful God, to hear your voice.
Help us, Loving God, to answer your call.
Empower us, Lord Jesus, to be your witness.

Place our lives at your service as holy men and holy women,
wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, priests and religious,
generously and compassionately serving our sisters and brothers.  

With faith and unfailing confidence, 
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, Your Son.  Amen

Prayer by Jesse Cox, O.P. and Mary Therese Johnson, O.P., with edits by Father J.D. Jaffe. Used with permission of the Diocese of Arlington Vocations Office.

NBCC Lent 2021 E-Blast

Full copy available here.

Joyful Mysteries:
Annunciation: humility;
Visitation: love of neighbor;
Birth of Jesus: detachment;
Presentation: obedience;
Finding in the Temple: greater commitment & devotion to Jesus.

Luminous Mysteries:
Baptism: openness to the Holy Spirit;
Miracle at Cana: Mary’s intercession;
Proclamation of the Kingdom & Repentance: Christian witness
     and conversion
Transfiguration: courage to bear
     the cross
Institution of the Holy Eucharist: 

     greater love for the Eucharist.

The National Black Catholic Congress sends congratulations to the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Fr. Stephen David Thorne '15, School of Education and Human Services. Read more...

This issue features:

  • ​Combating racism and
    ​white supremacy.

In his apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM), St. John Paul II tells how we are to assimilate the mysteries of the rosary by meditating on the life of Jesus as we contemplate each mystery. When we immerse ourselves into the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, and we are rewarded by the "fruits" of the mysteries listed below:

REV. KINGSLEY OGBUJI, Host and Introductions. 

Fr. Kingsley Ogbuji SSJ is a priest of St. Joseph

Society of the Sacred Heart. A native of Nigeria,

Fr. Kingsley is currently the administrator of St.

Peter Claver Catholic Church Houston, Texas,

where he ministers to the spiritual and pastoral

needs of the people. He holds a bachelor’s  in philosophy from the Pontifical Urban University Rome, MA and MDiv degrees in theology from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. He is currently pursuing a certification program in the ministry of healing and deliverance from Pope Leo XIII Institute in Chicago.

​Beginning Wednesday, March 10, 2021

1-2:30 PM CST | 2-3:30 EST | 11 AM-12:30 PM PST


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15 Black Inventors You Weren't Taught About in School

Prayer to Overcome Racism

       Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other.

       We ask for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another.

       We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism and to build a just society.

       We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person.

       Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us.  Amen.

At this moment, there are no African-American Saints formally recognized within the Catholic Church.​​  Really? Yes, really.

Catholic Speakers of Color,, currently has profile and contact information for 53 people. (NCR screenshot)

New speaker's bureau highlights Catholics of color
Leticia Ochoa Adams' project helps conference organizers diversify voices

by Stephen G. Adubato | NCR

     After learning about her own family's intergenerational wounds from racism, Leticia Ochoa Adams began to see the Catholic Church's complicity in racism and set out to change the church's narrative when it comes to issues of race and social justice. Read more...


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Fall in Love

Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ 

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

Ignatian Spirituality, Prayers by St. Ignatius and Others. Prayer originally found "From Finding God in All Things: A Marquette Prayer Book © 2009 Marquette University. 


- This is who we are -

Photo book containing beautiful images of Black Catholics, many photos from Congress 12 held in 2017 in Orlando Florida.

To view book and order, click here.

Cost: $59.79 + $11.99 S&H

ENGLISH Lenten Gospel Reflections Book 2021

Click here to order your copy for $2.99

Council of Catholic Women–Archdiocese of Washington 

has released a current newsletter. Click on the image to download a pdf file.

Contact them by email: 


  • APRIL 14, 2021 -  The African American Father: “A Multi-cultural Perspective”
  • MAY 12, 2021 - Parenting Attitudes of Black Fathers: The Contributing Factors
  • JUNE 16, 2021 Applying Our Knowledge:
    Family Treatment Options


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Neumann University Names Alumni Association Award Winners.

NEXT EPISODE: Sunday, Mar. 7th
​6:00-7:30 PM EST

What’s Our Story? Chapter 8:
Family of New Sowers 
Presenters: Lauren Morton and 
Justin T. White, with Special Guests

​Ellis and Zora Hollingsworth

About the Videographer: Ashé Friday has been working at the local PBS station in the Richmond, Virginia area for the past five years as a videographer. He attended high school in the city of Richmond, where he took the opportunity to take video production at the Richmond Technical Center for three years. Upon graduation from high school, he attended The Art Institute of Washington, in Arlington, Virginia for a year, returned to Richmond and interned at Center Stage now the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance before PBS. Ashé was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to Richmond, VA when he was six to be closer to family.

Bishop Braxton's Sermon for the first Sunday of Lent–The Leap of the Heart: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and the Journey of Lent

First Sunday of Lent, February 21, 2021

Read the sermon in its entirety by clicking the button.