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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., joins hands with Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, second from left, then president of the University of Notre Dame, Msgr. Robert J. Hagarty of Chicago, far right, and the Rev. Edgar Chandler in 1964 at the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights in Chicago’s Soldier Field. Catholics played a large role in the Civil Rights movement. (Courtesy University of Notre Dame/CNS)


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Baltimore middle schoolers got a standing ovation after performing their viral rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” on “Good Morning America.”

Members of the Cardinal Shehan School choir headed to New York early Wednesday morning, and at about 8:30 a.m., about 30 students decked out in bright red uniforms flooded the studio in Times Square.

​Kenyatta Hardison, the choir director, said on the show that she had no idea her students’ performance would take off the way it did. Since Hardison uploaded the video from a Sept. 27 choir rehearsal, more than 20 million people have watched the students’ emotive portrayal of Day’s song.

One of those people was Day herself.

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Baltimore music teacher Kenyatta Hardison directs the Cardinal Shehan School Choir during a rehearsal of Andra Day's "Rise Up" in late September.

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. Read more...

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Fr. Royal (Roy) A. Lee, of the Archdiocese of Atlanta said as a visionary, Martin Luther King, Jr., could recognize the potential of America even in its brokenness.

“We need to pay attention to the signs of the times, just like Daniel. Daniel could read the signs and had a vision and King had a vision of uniting us — in a theological sense — through the struggle of death, pain and resurrection, what we know of as the Paschal Mystery,” Fr. Lee said. “King … was steeped in spirituality and in the weakness of America, King saw it would bring us to strength.”

Fr. Roy Lee

Fr. Lee will be the guest homilist during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Mass with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted Jan. 15 at St. Mary’s Basilica. The musical prelude begins at 3 p.m. Mass begins at 4 p.m. followed by a reception at the Diocesan Pastoral Center next door.

“Martin Luther King, Jr., is a reminder of where we’ve been, where we are and where we need to go,” he said. “He pricks the consciousness of the country; again because we are not there yet, we are getting there because of men like King who is our GPS, a navigation system.”

Fr. Lee, a priest, educator, former military chaplain and mission leader, revival preacher and presenter throughout the United States, earned a doctorate in education from Colorado State University.

He teaches homiletics for the archdiocese and is involved in homeless...Full story...

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This week Global Sisters Report shines a light on racism in religious life with a special series.

Reckoning: White sisters respond to their own racism, to one historian's call for justice
by Dawn Araujo-Hawkins 

White sisters seem to be the members of the Catholic Church most open to a process of self-reflection when it comes to racism, and yet anti-blackness has been a defining feature of religious life in the United States. 

A sisters' community apologizes to one woman whose vocation was denied
by Dawn Araujo-Hawkins 

A look into what happened in the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania, in 1960: a story of racially motivated rejection, the pain that followed, and an eventual present-day apology to Patricia Grey.


Global Sisters Report | a project of National Catholic Reporter | 800-333-7373 | USA

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Father Tolton’s life told through ‘From Slave to Priest’

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November 9, 2017

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The Pastoral Plan of Action was developed by delegates who were appointed by bishops from every diocese in the United States. These women and men brought the concerns and needs of their local communities, and worked together to develop a list of pastoral priorities. These priorities led to a Preamble, which was presented and affirmed by the Assembly at the close of Congress XII. It was the intention of the delegates that every individual, parish, community, and diocese use the Preamble to guide their unique pastoral planning with Black Catholics for the next five years.

Homilist for upcoming MLK Mass discusses civil rights leader’s legacy

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Saturday, February 3-Tuesday,
February 6, 2018
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering will be held from February 3 through 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Registration and Diversity Outreach Initiative materials are ready. Must receive financial aid requests by November 10, 2017. Visit

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Register today for Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Training of Trainers workshop! This is an annual offering to prepare presenters to conduct USCCB's Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) workshops on their own. This will be held during the Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore, MD. Contact Yolanda Taylor-Burwell for more information at

The life of Servant of God Augustus Tolton already reads like a novel and now it is immortalized on stage with the new play “Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” produced by St. Luke Productions from Battle Ground, Washington. 

Tolton, a former slave, is the first recognized American diocesan priest of African descent. The Archdiocese of Chicago opened his cause for sainthood in 2011. 

Born into slavery, he fled with his mother and siblings through the woods of northern Missouri and across the Mississippi River while being pursued by soldiers when he was only 9 years old. The small family made their home in Quincy, Illinois, a sanctuary for runaway slaves. Tolton’s father died earlier in St. Louis, after escaping slavery to serve in the Union Army. Full story...

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In August, following the unprecedented Convocation of Catholic Leaders event in Orlando, Florida, another Catholic gathering occurred. The National Black Catholic Congress had a meeting and every diocese in the nation was asked to send a delegate. Together people from across the country started to prepare a document that has been recently released: The pastoral action plan.

The document is organized into seven topics each with objectives for actions to be taken in dioceses and parishes. Father Stephen Thorne, the pastor at Saint Martin de Porres Church in Philadelphia, who was a convener at the congress, said in the past focus groups were formed before the event, and the document was complete by the time of the congress. He said this time was different because, “we went without a draft which was a little dangerous but we trusted in the Holy Spirit.”

With so many diverse places represented, people had different things they wanted to discuss. “Chicago folks were focused on violence…California on immigration….we sat together and those 50 delegates met and we had a wide array of things,” Thorne said.  “This was the people. The preamble was what the people wrote.”

The preamble itself and the topics and objectives are somewhat different than other pastoral plans. There is a spiritual dimension to all of it, but the plan gets very specific, for example, in terms of a commitment “to address the challenges of mental illness, mass incarceration, domestic violence, and other issues that challenge the sanctity of life." Full story...

Shannon Levitt  |  Dec 9, 2017


Pastoral planning committee. (Credit: National Black Catholic Congress.)