Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

Rising to Sainthood

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Key to the Mural's Important Black Catholics: Click here to go to the ​​Congress 12 webpage to view the key to the figures shown above.

Deconstructing White Privilege

Summary of In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart – The Journal of a Priest at Prayer by A Benedictine Monk

by Deacon Richard Conlin

In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart - The Journal of a Priest at Prayer by A Benedictine Monk, Angelico Press, 2016.


[Jesus]: “Adoration is the wordless confession of My divinity. Adoration proclaims that I am all and that all else is nought”.

[Jesus]: “Faith in this mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist grows in proportion to the time one gives Me in adoration”.


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​& Gender in Global Perspectives, the Center for African Studies, and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. 
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Cursey made his first temporary

profession and renewal of promises

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Required reading: A Black Catholic syllabus

by The Editors | U.S. Catholic

In the days and weeks since the killing of George Floyd and the protests for racial justice in all 50 states, lists have circulated of books, articles, and other resources to better understand the history of police brutality, black activism, and the legacy of racism in the United States. Read more...

 We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal commitment to witness and proclaim

the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

ODVV interview: Systemic racism in the US assumes a variety of covert and overt forms

The tragic killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, by a former Minnesota police officer on May 25, was not the first instance of white cops resorting to undue force against Black citizens, but was certainly egregious enough that made the American people’s blood boil, sparking massive protests in the United States from coast to coast, prompting demonstrations in some 30 countries against racism and police brutality. ​ Read entire interview...

Racism in America
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Calling on our beautiful forms of prayer during the COVID-19 pandemic
By Andrei St. Felix

Our prayer is not limited to time or space and cannot be stopped by a virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic calls us to embrace our prayer lives to develop an intimate relationship with God. The abrupt lifestyle changes remind us that we are on a journey to get closer to the heart of Jesus in our daily routines. Read more...

Gregorian chant in a stairwell sends shivers, goes viral

The video sends a timeless message: Where charity and love are, God is there.

Kings Return, an a cappella vocal group rooted in Gospel, jazz, R&B and classical music, recently wowed their fans with a rendition of the classical Latin piece Ubi caritas. Sung from the heart of an ordinary stairwell, the choral acoustic perfection has gotten a lot of praise — over 14,000 shares and streams of comments, with listeners expressing their heartfelt gratitude: “That brought tears to my eyes …” “Positively breath-taking …” “Heavenly.” Read more...

About the artist and the concept for the mural ​

​Enzo Selvaggi is a Californian artist and designer who led the team of artists that produced the mural of the Black Madonna placed in the Liturgy Room for the 2017 NBCC.

The mural is painted in the Beuronese style, and when Enzo was asked why he chose to do so, he replied, “The Beuronese style offers a special opportunity for sacred art in the New Evangelization because it proposes a universal compositional substructure of harmony, rhythm, and symmetry.  Upon this substructure a fluid hieratic symbolism can be seamlessly grafted. That symbolism can take many forms, focusing on a particular doctrinal, historic, cultural, or ethnic perspective.” Enzo added, “The Beuronese style is named named after the Benedictine Abbey in Beuron, Germany and was developed by a monk, Desiderius Lentz, at the end of the 19th century.” Read more...

By Taryn Stewart

Police brutality has always been prevalent in the Black community. As "The Talk" explores, many discussions around the topic don’t begin with “Has a police officer ever pulled a gun on you?” but rather “How old were you the first time a police officer pulled a gun on you?” The recent death of George Floyd has sparked frustration and outrage across the country, but the racial disparities in education, the economy, health care and the criminal justice system are anything but new. Read more...







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The Grieving Journey:
​Conversations of the Heart

and Soul
The goal is to give participants permission to express their losses by opening their heart and soul by: (1) identifying those losses during the coronavirus and racial upheaval; (2) expressing emotions associated with those losses; (3) bringing some aware-ness to what seems to be an “invisible foe”; and (4) offering coping skills for healing.

An explanation of White Privilege and Black Lives Matter

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"In the simplest terms: 400 years ago white people brought black people over here and enslaved them.  And sold them.  And treated them as less than human.  For 250 years.  While white men built the country and created its laws and its systems of government. While 10, 15 generations of white families got to grow and flourish and make choices that could make their lives better.

And then 150 years ago white people "freed" black people from slavery.  But then angry white people created laws that made it impossible for them to vote.  Or to own land.  Or to have the same rights as white people.  And even erected monuments glorifying people who actively had fought to keep them enslaved. All while another 5, 10 generations of white families got to grow and accumulate wealth and gain land and get an education. 

And then 60 years ago we made it "legal" for black people to vote, and to be "free" from discrimination.  But angry white people still fought to keep schools segregated.  And closed off neighborhoods to white people only.  And made it harder for black people to get bank loans, or get quality education or health care, or to (gasp) marry a white person.  All while another 2-3 generations of white families got to grow and pass their wealth down to their children and their children's children.  

And then we entered an age where we had the technology to make PUBLIC the things that were already happening in private-- the beatings, the stop and frisk laws, the unequal distribution of justice, the police brutality (police began in America as slave patrols designed to catch runaway slaves).  And only now, after 400+ years and 20+ generations of a white head start, are we STARTING to truly have a dialog about what it means to be black. 

White privilege doesn't mean you haven't suffered or fought or worked hard.  It doesn't mean white people are responsible for the sins of our ancestors.  It doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of who you are. But it DOES mean that we need to acknowledge that the system our ancestors created is built FOR white people.  It DOES mean that we aren't disadvantaged because of the color of our skin and it DOES mean that we owe it to our neighbors--  of all colors-- to acknowledge that and work to make our world more equitable.  BLACK LIVES MATTER!

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This Guide was prepared to assist bishops and presbyters reflect on the evil and harm of racism. While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides actionable steps that may assist Catholics to reflect and respond in faith. With the aid of Holy Scripture, Catholic social teaching, and sacred tradition, this is an open invitation to journey toward reconciliation.  

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"Approaching the topic of racism in homilies can be daunting for those with preaching faculties. Many deacons, priests, and bishops have expressed to me the difficulty of addressing racism, prejudices, and immigration in homilies. While, yes, some are quite comfortable addressing these topics, others fear these topics are politically charged and should not be discussed within the Sunday Eucharist."

Behind the Rank 
Vol. 3​ by Lila Holley

Well Women ​Witness 
​by Sr. Dr. Oralisa Martin

Chosen Vessels: Keys to Change
by Rebecca Florence Osaigbovo

Healing As A Parish Ministry
by  Jan Alkire

Slaying Dragons
by Daniel Kolenda

Humility Rules: 
Saint Benedict's 12-Step 
Guide to Genuine 

​by Augustine Wetta

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Children's Books:

by John Carpenter

Kibeho is a small African village in the mountainous terrain of Rwanda.  This amazing and inspirational story would never have been known to any of us if it had not been for the miraculous survival during that country's horrible genocide of author Immaculee Illibagiza, who revealed the details of Blessed Mary's visits.  Read more...

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The Talk - Race in America. This two-hour documentary is about the increasingly common conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of color and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police. This program originally aired in 2017.

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Dr. Robin DiAngelo is transparent about white privilege couched in explicit and implicit biases in the video “Deconstructing White Privilege,” the first in a series of Vital Conversations on Racism.

Dr. DiAngelo describes the most obvious and explicit aspects of racism and white privilege, while going beyond the surface of racism. Her video serves as a foundation on understanding racism and white privilege for the remaining six videos in the Vital Conversations series. For more information click here.

Domestic Violence & Mental Health Connection

Webinar presentation by Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley

NBCC June 9, 2020 E-Blast

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Novena to Our Lady

of Mount Carmel

This novena is to be said between July 8 and July 16. The novena ends on the  Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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Congress XII​ Mural



Prejudices, and Migration

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Excerpt from the enclosed letter written by F. DeKarlos Blackmon:

The Prayer of Jesus (The Unity Prayer)
My Adorable Jesus...
May our feet journey together.
May our hands gather in unity.
May our hearts beat in unison.
May our souls be in harmony.
May our thoughts be as one.
May our ears listen to the silence together.
May our glances profoundly penetrate each other.
May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.

O Blessed Lady, Spread the Effect of Grace of Thy 
Flame of Love Over All of Humanity



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Adults as the Present

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July is the Month of the Precious Blood

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Mural designer and artist, Enzo Selvaggi and his family pictured standing next to Bishop Joseph Perry.

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IND: A Baltimore Landmark

By Amanee K. Cabbagestalk ‘11

On May 5th, it was announced that the Institute of Notre Dame (IND), the oldest all-girl’s Catholic school in Baltimore, would permanently close its doors this summer. IND was founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1847. For the past 173 years, it has stood firm in its original location in East Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun states, “IND’s first class graduated in July 1864, as cannon fire from the Civil War could be heard in the distance, according to the school’s history. During the Civil War, the sisters helped slaves reach freedom as part of the Underground Railroad." Read more...


The Male Viewpoint

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​Healthy Mind, Healthy Faith:

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spiritual health – and vice-versa

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Our Lady of Kibeho
Apparition of Mary to the people
of Kibeho in Rwanda (1981-1989)


The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood. ​"The Precious Blood which we worship is the Blood which the Savior shed for us on Calvary and reassumed at His glorious Resurrection;...  Read more...

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Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, Chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs, and of Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, issue a guide to eradicate racism. ​

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Domestic Violence Resources

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 
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National Dating Abuse Helpline 

​National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
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Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
1-312-726-7020 ext. 2011