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 pastr\or of St. Peter Claver Catholic

Church Houston, Texas, where he ministers to the

spiritual and pastoral needs of the people.

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.

In Ohio, Homeowners Keep Underground Railroad Houses From Becoming Forgotten History
By Nancy Keates | The Wall Street Journal

From the outside, these Salem homes look like beautiful historic mansions. On the inside, hidden rooms and tunnels offer a glimpse into how abolitionists helped slaves find freedom. Read more...

BREAKING NEWS: President Joe Biden signs the bill making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

The Diocese of Charleston Office of Ethnic Ministries

invites you to celebrate#JUNETEENTH

with them on
June 19 |10-11 AM
Via Zoom

Register here

Demystifying the Application Process

When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued the above order, he had no idea that, in establishing the Union Army’s authority over the people of Texas, he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “nineteenth”), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. Read more...

Archdiocese of New Orleans 2021 Ordination Mass

June 5, 2021

Catholics who care about US Black

history must read 'Four Hundred Souls'
By Alicia Pender | National Catholic Reporter

A meeting on Jan. 29 between Pope Francis and members of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s highest judicial tribunal, raised an issue that Francis has returned to several times in his pontificate: annulment reform.  Read more...

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. 

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.

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Juvenile convicts at work in fields, circa 1903 (Library of Congress/Detroit Publishing Company)

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Josephite Harvest
for news, interviews
& commentary.

Click on the image at right for a downloadable pdf file.

Just Released!

NBCC Summer E-Blast Featuring Eucharistic Adoration and the New Vocations Infomercial by Bishop Joseph Perry. ​

Click below to view the newsletter.

Sozo Creative in partnership with UMS and arts institutions from across the US present “They Still Want To Kill Us” to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It speaks truth to what transpired in 1921 at the Tulsa Race Massacre, an atrocity all but deleted from history. Read more...

Photo by Fred Kearney on Unsplash

Council for Catholic Women/Archdiocese of Washington

Mass of Installation of Officers

Saturday, June 26th at 10:30 a.m.

at St. Mary’s in Rockville, reception following.

Come and meet these ladies elected to lead CCW-ADW for 2021-2023:
President: Carol-Ann Parker
Vice President: Cheryl Holley
Secretary: Mary Leibolt
Treasurer: Kathy Foley 

Please RSVP via email to:  by Tuesday the 22nd to make your reservation.  Please specify if you want Panera’s vegetarian lunch and a phone number to contact you. 

CS photo by Andrew Biraj

Attn. to Bro. Cursey J. Calais II, SSJ

1200 Varnum St. NE | Washington, DC 20017

Website: | Phone: 337-331-2071

The only Catholic bishop who has consistently written on race matters, Bishop Braxton describes his family's history and his experience as an African American that he brought to his ministry as a Catholic priest and bishop.​

Congratulations to the Howard University Bison new Men’s tennis team recruits!

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” — General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865

Emancipation Celebration, Georgia / Library of Congress

Copies can be ordered by clicking here. ​

NBCC Price $5.00 with code NBCC21 at Checkout. 

Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence: A Reflection on Christian Marriage and the Real Presence”

Dear Sister and Brothers in Christ: This hymn, “Let All Mortal Flesh keep Silence,” was composed in Greek in Anno Domini 275 as a Cherubic Hymn for the Offertory of the Divine Liturgy of St. James. Read more...

‘Black Catholic Voices’ multimedia series earns first place for Catholic Standard in 2021 Catholic Press Awards
By Catholic Standard Staff | The Catholic Standard

National Black Catholic Seminarians Association

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


​How Can A Marriage Be Declared Null?
by Rev. Michael Smith Foster, J.C.D.

A series of articles that are informative regarding the nullity of marriage

Help the NBCC keep helping others.

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​benefit Black Catholics across the United States.

Council of Catholic Women - Archdiocese
of Washington

June 2021 Newsletter

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Congratulations to Fr. Wesbee Victor, ordained to the Archdiocese of New York (above).


Dear Friends, 

NBCSA Juneteenth Statement 

        On this day 156 years ago, the last African-American chattel slaves were freed in the United States, pursuant to General Order No. 3 issued in Texas by Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army. 

        On this day 156 years ago, there was no such thing as an openly Black Catholic priest in the US. 

        On this day 156 years ago, William Augustine Williams, the first openly African-American Catholic seminarian in history, was living in Baltimore, having returned from 8 years of priesthood studies in Rome, rendered null due to virulent racist opposition to his prospective ordination. Read more...






Saturday June 19, 2021

2:00-6:00 PM

St. Charles Lwanga Parking Lot

6340 Stearns St., Detroit, MI 48204

​Click image at right for more information.

Black Communities and the Clerical Abuse Crisis

Archived recording of a conversation on 4/21/21, sponsored by Taking Responsibility: Jesuit Educational Institutions Confront the Causes and Legacy of the Clerical Abuse Crisis.

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

By Fessahaye Mebrahtu | The Catholic Herald

The anniversary of George Floyd’s death should compel us to reflect back on the social uprisings that erupted to reform policing and advance racial and social justice. The guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin, while rare, nevertheless was a ray of hope that justice is possible. The contentious quest for “police reform” has a historical backdrop. In the U.S., law and order always implied force and violence. American Law and Order films reinforce the perception and reality that violence is intrinsic to policing. This is an American reality with historical context. Read more...

They Still Want to Kill Us: the uncensored aria

Fr. Emmanuel Antwi and Fr. Christopher Awiliba for the Diocese of Savannah.

Bishop Roy Campbell, NBCC President, says the following about the book: "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..."

What is the Meaning of the Juneteenth Flag

This short video explains the symbolism.

U.S. Policing Practices and the Quest for Racial Justice

Mount St. Mary’s is eager to begin an enhancement of its Center for Student Diversity to better serve our increasing number of underrepresented students and to better educate the general student body on the importance of diversity in preparation for the global world. To that end, the Mount is searching for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who is looking to grow professionally while guiding this initiative forward. For more information or to apply,

click here.

"I Leave My Life in Your Hands"
In this video, His Excellency, Bishop Joseph N. Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago speaks of the need for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

What Is Juneteenth?
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Originally posted on The Root

The First Juneteenth

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.


Topics like Catholic Biographies, the Saints and Church History.


Explainer: What is an annulment?

​(And why does Pope Francis want to make it easier to get one?)

Fr. Tolton Sent Into ‘Cup of Suffering
By Celia Jackson | The Catholic Herald
When Fr. Augustus was ordained in Rome, the original intention was for him to do mission work in Africa. However, a decision was made by the Propaganda Fide (Propagation of Faith) at the last minute to send him back to his hometown. Read more...


We know by now (or should if we are paying attention) that the Black American experience is not a monolith. Though there are some overarching themes, our individual experience varies widely and has ever since the first Africans were kidnapped and taken to America in 1619.


Edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain


From Holy Spirit Catholic Parish in Duncanville, TX
What is the Permanent Diaconate?

What Is The Ministry Of The Deacon?
The call to the Order of Deacon is a call to a ministry of service.  Read more...

Father Thorne is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who has served in parish ministry, administration and education for over 20 years.  He has earned academic degrees in philosophy, theology and education.  From 2004-2011, he was the Director of the Office for Black Catholics for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   He is a consultant for the Sub-Committee for African American Catholics for the United States Conference for Catholic Bishops and has participated in all of the National Black Catholic Congresses since 1987.  Presently, he is a doctoral student at Bowie State University and chairs the Archbishop’s Commission for Racial Healing for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. 

Have you considered becoming a priest or religious sister or brother?

NEW From Our Sunday Visitor

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

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Follow along with the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: LitanytotheSacredHeartofJesus

​Enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus within your home: Enthronement

Lil’ Red Wagon

of the Servant of God Julia Greeley

​Official newsletter of
The Julia Greeley Guild,
a ministry of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, CO

A Call for An Increase in


Presented by: Rev. Stephen D. Thorne, NBCC Special Consultant


4-Part Webinar Series​​

Raising Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness
June is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month


From social to financial to health, there are many challenges that we face today as we continue to age. One of the biggest challenges doctors, patients and families face can be found in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is estimated there are 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s. In its 2021 Facts and Figures report, the organization analyzed the impact of COVID-19. There were at least 42,000 more deaths from Alzheimer’s and other dementias in 2020 compared with averages over the previous five years. This is a 16-percent increase! In addition, the report indicates COVID-19 is adversely affecting many family caregivers. Read more...

Congratulations to the Newly-Ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ!

Mount St. Mary’s University
Division of Student Life
Director of the Center for Student Diversity

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.

The multimedia series, “Black Catholic Voices” won first place in the 2021 Catholic Press Awards sponsored by the Catholic Media Association of the United States and Canada, one of 12 awards won by the Catholic Standard newspaper and website of the Archdiocese of Washington in that annual competition. Read more...

Ajani Gibson was ​one of five transitional deacons ordained to the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Saturday, June 5, 2021.​

Newly-ordained Fr. Ajani Gibson blesses Bishop Joseph Perry


Thanks to QuestionPro's wide range of free survey templates designed by industry experts. We now know exactly where to improve. Our members, volunteers, and donors are the fuel that power this organization. We can use free survey templates to constantly keep in touch with them, understand their expectations and work towards their satisfaction with this simple yet robust tool.

Annual Juneteenth



Goes Virtual on Sunday,

June 6th from

1:15-3:30.  Join Us!


How race influences our Catholicism—whether we know it or not

Podcast from Gloria Purvis Click arrow below to listen or click here to read the article

The National Black Catholic Congress®

Pioneering Black Catholic journalist Daniel Rudd - American Catholic History

Born a slave before the Civil War, Daniel Rudd was a Catholic journalist, who was the first black man to own a national newspaper of any kind. Click image to view.

Also ordained was Thomas Bamoah, for the Diocese of Yendi, Ghana.

Fr. Thomas Bamoah receives the anointing of the hands by Archbishop Aymond.

Taking Back June for the Sacred Heart

with Fr. Mark-Mary | Ascension Presents

The racist roots of mass incarceration in the US
By Madeleine Davison | National Catholic Reporter

Darrell Jones spent 32 years in prison in Massachusetts for a murder conviction that was later overturned. While he was in prison, his grandmother, his brother and his son all died.  Read more...

Deacons Dan Dashner, Ajani Gibson, Michael Lamy, Truong “Peter” Pham and Andrew Sanchez were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Also ordained to the priesthood was Deacon Thomas Bamoah, who will serve the Diocese of Yendi in his home country of Ghana.

Wed., June 30, 2021 / 4:00 PM EDT | 3:00 CDT | 1:00 PM PDT

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:

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These beautiful gift boxes were given to new fully initiated Catholics at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Harlem this Easter.

Archbishop Lori establishes coordinating council to lead efforts against racism
By Christopher Gunty } Catholic Review

Archbishop William E. Lori has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Bruce A. Lewandowski, C.Ss.R., to lead a coordinating council established to implement recommendations to fight hatred and racism and prioritize equity and inclusion. Read more...

DAILY MASS - St. Joseph Church
2020 St Josephs Dr Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

The purpose of this 

webinar is to simplify the process of applying for a DRF Grant and to walk potential applicants through the process of completing an application online. Attendees will learn about the review process and understand how the information they provide can negatively impact a grant award.

Traditionally, the month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and our Church celebrates it specifically on June 11th this year. And while we may have recognized May as the month of Mary, are we giving that same attention towards our Lord’s Sacred Heart? How are we preparing our hearts to enter into this mystery?

For many divorced Catholics around the world, Pope Francis suggested, the cost and intimidating complexity of the annulment process were among the reasons they never sought an annulment.

Sisters in the Spirit-

Archdiocese of Washington


Black Hidden Figures of Yesterday, Today and our Future

​Sat., June 19, 2021

11:00 AM to
1:00 PM EDT

via Zoom

Register here

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