A Sister's Story: Sister Jamie Phelps, OP

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 
1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)

National Dating Abuse Helpline 

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center 
International Toll-Free (24/7) 
1-866-USWOMEN (879-6636)

National Child Abuse Hotline/Childhelp 
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

​National Sexual Assault Hotline 
1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Just Mercy

Just Mercy takes us inside America’s broken criminal justice system and compels us to confront inequality and injustice.  Based on the bestselling book, the Just Mercy movie presents the unforgettable story of Bryan Stevenson and the case of Walter McMillian, who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. Now in theaters.


USCCB Pastoral Letter on Racism was approved on November 14, 2018. The full text of the letter can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right.  For resources for parishes and schools published by the USCCB to accompany the Pastoral Letter, click here.

NBCC Fall Newsletter

You may read the entire NBCC Fall Newsletter by clicking here.

A panel of nationally recognized leaders will discuss how to create and foster constructive conversations about race and prejudice in Catholic schools, churches, homes and communities.  In a time of heated secular politics, tragic current events and a backdrop of historical prejudice, the panel will share practical insights drawing from the best of  the Catholic Social Thought tradition.  This conversation aims to build capacity among Catholic school and pastoral leaders to lead conversations about racism and other biases.  Participants are invited to ask questions.  We look forward to a very active conversation.

Register to view the 1 hour 15 minute webinar by clicking here.

USCCBClips Podcast: Episode 20 - Open Wide Our Hearts- The Pastoral Letter Against Racism, With Danielle Brown, listen by clicking here.




Ministry Gathering

January 25-28, 2020

Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC
Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

SAVE THE DATES! The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 7 other USCCB departments and 15 national Catholic organizations. This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. annually brings together hundreds of participants whose faith inspires them to respond to pressing current domestic and global challenges relating to poverty, war, injustice and the promotion of human life and dignity. 

​Sunday, December 8, 2019 6:00-9:00pm 
International Cultural Festival 2019: 
Bringing the World Together

Free Admission - Donations Welcome

Food, Arts & Crafts Vendors
Contact: apcnmail@gmail.com 
or 703-472-2032 for information.
​Bishop O'Connell High School,
6600 Little Falls Rd, Arlington, 
VA 22213

In an effort to train and equip local congregations and ministries to respond compassionately and effectively to those who have been victimized, this training will have an emphasis on church engagement.

Click here for more information.


Order your 2020 Josephite Calendars Today!

"Sacraments and Saints" - The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

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The National Black Catholic Seminarians Association Unveils A New Website

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Most Reverend William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, issued a statement for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The full text can be downloaded by clicking the image to the left.


Who We Are and What We Do

The National Black Catholic Congress is proud to present a new video, created and produced by Destiny Productions, that gives a brief overview of our purpose and ministries. Enjoy this exciting production!

​       A few years after I was ordained a priest, I took a road trip with my parents to Alabama for a weeklong retreat. We celebrated Mass together everyday, adored the Eucharist in the Blessed Sacrament, and visited different holy sites in the surrounding area. Upon entering a Catholic gift shop at one of our pilgrimage sites, I was shocked to see a large statue depicting Saint Michael the Arch-Angel as a white man with blond hair and blue eyes standing on top of the Devil who was portrayed as a brown skinned man with African American features. My father, a black man, who is not Catholic and my mother, a white woman who is a devout Catholic entered the gift shop after me and I prayed they would not see the statue as I knew it would offend them as much as it was offending me. Read more...

Racism and Racial Justice Resources for Catholics

Calendar of Events​​

Domestic Violence and Mental Health Resources

Transitional and restorative shelter programs for women recovering from domestic sex trafficking.

The Upper Room Hotline is a faith based hotline in the Catholic Tradition.
Call 1-888-808-8724

24 hrs a day – 7 days a week


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HARRIET  |  Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. GET TICKETS

Father Joshua Johnson

Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, and Podcast Host of “Ask Fr. Josh.”

Finally, a Bible that fosters faith and cultural identity for Black Youth



In theaters near you.

National Center for Victims of Crime 

National Human Trafficking Resource Center/Polaris Project 
Call: 1-888-373-7888 | Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
www.nrcdv.org and www.vawnet.org

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

Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States

The Cara Report created for the USCCB contains statistical information about the different minorities in the Catholic Church.

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The angels proclaimed “Peace on Earth” when the Baby Jesus was born. Today we wonder as we listen to the evening news, is peace possible? We all need two kinds of peace in our lives. We need inner peace, but we also need peace with others. God addresses both. He tells us what to do to find that peace.

Inner peace begins with a relationship with God, and it continues as we focus on His strength and allow Him to fill us. We can exchange our weakness for His strength in any area of life. God’s Word says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is focused on You because He trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).  Personalize that verse with your own name in it: “God will keep me in perfect peace as my mind focuses on Him and trusts Him.” Inner peace hinges on your trust in God. Read more...

Sat Jan 25th 2020 3:00pm - Tue 28th 3:00pm
2020 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC
Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008 
SAVE THE DATES! The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 7 other USCCB departments and 15 national Catholic organizations. This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. annually brings together hundreds of participants whose faith inspires them to respond to pressing current domestic and global challenges relating to poverty, war, injustice and the promotion of human life and dignity. Visit our CSMG Highlights page for more.

Fri Feb 28th 2020  - Sat Feb 29th
From Crisis to Co-Responsibility: Creating a New Culture of Leadership
Fairmont Hotel, Washington 
Leadership Roundtable -- Catholic Partnership Summit 2020
Please join us at the Catholic Partnership Summit and Monan Medal of Catholic Philanthropy Dinner.  An invitation-only event. Invitations, sponsorship opportunities and further details will be forthcoming in the fall of 2019.  For additional information, visit: www.leadershiproundtable.org/summit

Deacon Larry and Andi Oney are leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land!
Deacon Larry and Andi Oney of Hope and Purpose Ministries are excited to be teaming up with friends and fellow evangelists Hector Molina and Father Mark Cherry for a special Pentecost-themed Holy Land Pilgrimage from May 25-June 4, 2020.

Together we will trace the footprints of Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles in the land of the bible and reflect on what it means to live our lives under the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit. One of the great highlights of our pilgrimage will be to gather in the Cenacle/Upper Room of Jerusalem on Pentecost Sunday where we will pray, as the apostles did 2000 years ago, for a fresh outpouring of the grace of the Holy Spirit!

Check out the new look for the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus Website

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Featuring African-inspired illustrations and reference materials.

Our gift shop includes diverse artwork, black and brown statues of saints, crucifixes, calendars, candles and t-shirts with depictions of the six African Americans on the path to sainthood, hair bows for little girls with images of Saint Josephine Bakhita and Saint Kateri Teokokwotha, coffee mugs and rosaries with the Black Madonna and child Jesus, Magnetic Mass kits with black nuns and brown priests, and books like the African American Youth Bible. 

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​The Candle of Peace 


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The Knights of Peter Claver and The Knights of Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary release the 2019 National Social Justice Initiatives Resource Book

Photos by NBCC/Congress XII 2017


Wearable Black Catholic Art!

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The Mission of the National Social Justice Committee is to enhance the collective efforts of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary through its local Councils/Courts towards improving public policies impacting the social and economic environment of our Nation and Church. This national initiative is composed of five areas of focus including Black Lives Matters, Criminal Justice Reform, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Racism. 

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The Adrian Dominican Sisters live incredible lives. "Our Dominican Lives: A Sister's Story" is a series of interviews exploring the lives of our Adrian Dominican family. This week we feature Sister Jamie Phelps, formerly

S. Martin Thomas.

Building Intercultural Competence

for Ministers (BICM)

Training of the Trainers Intensive at the

Mid-Atlantic Congress

January 29-January 31, 2020 

Registration is open for the BICM Training of the Trainers intensive at the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Congress. The Training of Trainers Workshop provides an opportunity for ministers to attain a foundational first level of competence in intercultural relations and communications. It is also designed to orient trainers to methodology, strategies, and activities suited to teach the content of the program.

Click here to REGISTER!  Contact us at diversity@usccb.org with questions. 

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to our baptismal commitment to

witness and proclaim the

Good News of Jesus Christ. 

The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism