TerraVizion Entertainment Network 
& St. Joseph Catholic Church present a 
dramatic study of the African-American 
Prostate Cancer Disparity. 
Free and open to the public. 
St. Joseph Catholic Church
711 North Columbus Street
Alexander, VA 22314
For further info. call: 703-836-3725

Black History Month Events and Activities Near You

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WEEK 2: JULY 6 - JULY 10, 2020
A Theology of ‘Black Lives Matter (BLM)’ Continued

Diana Hayes, Ph.D., Brian Turner, Ph.D., Manuel Williams, CR, Th.M., Heather Malveaux, MPH.

(M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
Steppin’ in the Name of Love: Journeying with African American Youth
Valerie Shields (M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
Resistance and the Scriptures

Debra Brittenum (M-F, 1:45-4:45pm)
Liturgy for Lay Ministers

Rawn Harbor, M.T.S. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)
The Mission of Discipleship—Lay Leaders in the 21st Century

Carey Dabney, Ph.D. Cand. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)

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.

Domestic Violence and Mental Health Resources

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

Watch the webinar as Catholic ministry leaders hold a conversation about the new film Just Mercy, and the ways in which it can inspire action among Catholics to address the sin of racism. Just Mercy tells the stunning true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making fight to exonerate Walter McMillian, a black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama for a crime he did not commit.

This webinar is the fourth in a series offered in collaboration with Catholic Mobilizing Network, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, the United States Catholic Mission Association, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on implementing the USCCB Pastoral Letter – Open Wide Our Hearts.

WEEK 3: JULY 13 - JULY 17, 2020
The Elders Retreat.
Age 55+

Chaplain Thelma Lucas, Th.M. (M-F, 9:00-
11:45AM, 2:00-4:00PM – Limited Registration)
Race and the Catholic Imagination

Carey Dabney, Ph.D. Cand. (M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
Going PPLACESS with Catechesis
Sharon Winchester (M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
The African Diaspora: Finding a Way Beyond

“Us and Them”

Rev. Kwame Assenyoh, Ph.D. Cand.

(M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)
The Arts and Christian Ministry

Louise Mouton Johnson, MFA (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)

To Apply: New C&E Students; Returning C&E Students 

Download complete course descriptionshere

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
Catholic Partnership Summit and Monan Medal of Catholic Philanthropy Dinner.  An invitation-only event. Invitations, sponsorship

opportunities and further details coming in the

fall of 2019. For additional information:

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WEEK 1: JUNE 29 - JULY 3, 2020
Building Multicultural Competency in Ministry

Donna Grimes and Fr. Gerard Marable, Th.M.

(M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
A Theology of ‘Black Lives Matter’ – Initiating the Conversation
Diana Hayes, PhD, Brian Turner, PhD, Manuel
Williams, CR, Th.M., Heather Malveaux, MPH.

(M-F, 8:45-11:45AM)
African American Spirituality
Carey Dabney, Ph.D. Cand. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)
The Catholic Church: Forging a Path to Racial Justice
Megan Black, M.Div. (M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)
Preaching from the Pews 

Fr. Manuel Williams, CR, Th.M.

(M-F, 1:45-4:45PM)

Let the Church Say Amen
Jesus Christ is asking each of us to invite more people to a true encounter and lifelong relationship with Him as His disciples. It is an element of our own baptismal rite to do so. Our evangelization efforts will require us to identify new, outward-reaching ways to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world given significant societal shifts over the past decades.

2020 African American Speaking Series
Join the community of St. Sabina for the 2020 African American Speaking Series featuring Dr. Cornel West and Rev. Dr. William Barber. Dr. West will be speaking on Sunday, February 9 and Rev. Dr. Barber will be speaking on Friday, February 21. Click here for more information.

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

Catch the new issue of the

for news, interviews

& commentary.

Click on the image below for a downloadable pdf file.


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!

Young Adult Research Partnership with DePaul University Opportunity - Participants Receive $25 Amazon Gift Card
Interviews and Focus Groups Begin Monday, February 17

Are you a young adult between the ages of 18-39 who lives in the Chicago area and is interested in a $25 Amazon gift card? The College of Communication and the Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning at DePaul University are conducting a research study in partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago to learn more about young adults’ relationship with the Catholic Church. We are looking for people who are currently active within the Catholic Church, people who were at one time engaged with the Catholic Church but are no longer, and people who have never been part of the Catholic Church.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out the Google form by clicking here. Each participant will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.


CHICAGO — A pregnant woman in crisis, a baby in jeopardy and absolute healing. Melissa Villalobos believes it was a miracle. Her doctors have no medical explanation, and now the Catholic Church is canonizing Cardinal Newman thanks to a Chicago woman's experience.

“I was supposed to miscarry, or she’d be born prematurely, but she was born full term," Villalobos said of her daugher Gemma, born full-term, 8.5 pounds and perfectly healthy. "I feel so blessed. It’s really overwhelming.”  Read more...


Based on the inspirational life of American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet (Cynthia Erivo) ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead others to freedom. 


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Program Director 
Pax Christi USA is the national Catholic peace 
and justice movement. We work for a more 
peaceful, just and sustainable world through prayer, study and action. 


Although the Civil

Rights Act of 1964

legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


MARCH 2020

Sat Mar 14th 2020 at 5:00 PM

Sister Thea Bowman School

Annual Benefit Dinner Gala
Regency Conference Center, O'Fallon, IL  
Mark your calendar
5:00 p.m.  - Silent Auction, Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Email: roberta_trost@
Phone: 618-397-0316

Featuring African-inspired illustrations and reference materials.

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)

Bryan Stevenson ’85 | "We can't recover from this history until we deal with it."

Harvard Law School
Bryan Stevenson ’85 discusses the legacy of slavery and the vision behind creating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum in Montgomery Alabama. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that provides legal assistance to death row prisoners, prisoners facing unduly harsh sentences, and juveniles sentenced as adults.

Camera: Martin Albert Lorin Granger Interview: Chris Jennings

The Greatest Love Story

with Fr. Robert Boxie

What do you think is the greatest love story in all of history? You might be surprised when Fr.. Boxie claims that it is Sacred Scripture. Tune in for an insightful episode on just why that’s the case.

​       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...

Virginia Opera 
production, Green 
Book exhibit and more 
among 2020 Black 
History Month events
Casey Gillis

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Black History Facts Everyday!
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Racism and Racial Justice Resources for Catholics

Calendar of Events​​

​​​​We welcome you to submit your upcoming events!

We would love to include your parish activities, upcoming organizational conferences, or arch/diocesan events. Please email your information to: and feel free to attach a pdf of your flier, advertisement, or logo for us to include.

Healing of Families Ministry

Your family is beset with problems. That is to say, it is a normal family. Since you are a believer in God you have most certainly prayed to God about many of these problems. And maybe you have had the joy of answered prayer for some, some respite for others, but there are still those problems that don't seem to go anywhere! Your image of God is seriously shaken because you don't understand why He doesn't seem to hear you on these particular issues. Your voice feels like a cry in the desert.

This serious  issue is addressed in a truly fresh and inspired  book, “The Healing of Families”, by renowned author Father Yozefu-B. Ssemakula, who hails from Uganda, and is now ministering in the U.S. based in the Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese. His in-depth book is filled with powerful prayers to cleanse and heal the family.

Fr. Ssemakula presents a simple, effective, and powerful prayer method for freeing you and your family from problems you have prayed about for a long time without results, including health issues.  Through Father’s inspired book and seminar you will learn to distinguish between the true Cross of Christ that we have to carry for our salvation and the false Cross, which is a simple captivity and oppression of God’s children.

Seminar schedule

(click here)

Braille Titles:
The History of Black Catholics in the United States by Cyprian Davis
Daniel Rudd: Calling a Church to Justice by Gary B. Agee 
Augustus Tolton: The Church is the True Liberator by Joyce Duriga 
No Cross, No Crown: Black Nuns in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans by Sister Mary Bernard Deggs 
The Lillies of the Field by William E. Barrett 

View more braille and audio titles here.

Feb 21st 2020 at 7:00 PM

The Black Walnut, featuring Kwame Rakes
​& April Marcell

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Your donation makes it possible for us to give to programs that
​benefit Black Catholics across the United States.

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.

C&E Programs provide lifelong learning and formation for laypersons and pastoral ministers. Offered in 1-week modules, C&E courses give students time and community to explore new ministry interests; update skills; or reflect on the realities of Christian discipleship in the 21st century. The C&E Programs offer unique opportunities for individuals to grow in faith and understanding of Black Catholicism’s impact on their ministry, community and the Church at-large.

NBCC Winter Newsletter

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

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.

Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Msgr. Charles Pope, Fr. Bjorn Lundberg, Fr. Vincent De Rosa are talking about everything important to today's Catholic: Prayer, Life, the Church, Family, the Culture AND listeners' emails & texts.

INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO from Denzel Washington

Executive Assistant to the VP for Franciscan Life

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH 

Posting Date: January 30, 2020

Part-time (approx. 17.5 hrs/week); Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday with a regular schedule of either mornings or afternoons. Please apply here.


The primary role of the Executive Assistant for Franciscan Life is to schedule meetings and keep the calendar of the Vice President for Franciscan Life. This role provides additional secretarial support to include assisting with project management, conducting research, coordinating events, providing budget support, the preparation of occasional correspondence and documents, and other duties as assigned.

Help us keep helping others.

Your donation makes it possible for us to give to programs that
​benefit Black Catholics across the United States.

Black History Month 
2020 events include 
concerts, prestigious 
authors and films
PennLivePatriot News

Representation Matters| by Fr. Josh Johnson

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.

To order your copy call Saint Mary's Press at 1-800-533-8095

or order online at

Here are 30+ events to 
help you celebrate 
Black History Month in 
Louisville this February
Gege Reed
​Courier Journal

Institute for Black Catholic Studies
2020 Continuing Education and Spiritual Enrichment (C&E) Course Offerings

The canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman was officially approved by Pope Francis on 12 February 2019, and took place on 13 October 2019. The healing of Villalobos was the second miracle attributed to Cardinal Newman.

A Service of:

Senegal's scenic island exposes horrors of slave trade

From Errol Barnett, CNN

A short ferry ride away from Dakar, lies the quiet and picturesque Goree Island. Three kilometers off the coast, the Senegalese island is tiny and easily accessible by foot.

Without cars or roads, the island preserves a charming ambiance with faded buildings revealing its European colonial history. Beneath its quaint facade, however, the island hides a brutal history. Read more...


Wearable Black Catholic Art!

Location: Washington, D.C.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Description: Oversees, manages and facilitates the program work of Pax Christi USA while engaging and growing our national grassroots network. Pax Christi USA is committed to advancing racial equity both internally and externally. Staff members should incorporate a racial equity lens to their work and participate in ongoing trainings in anti-racism and anti-bias.

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Johnny Zokovitch at with “Program Director inquiry” in the subject line. 

The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism

Black History Month 2020

events in metro Phoenix:

Plays, movies and more

ways to take part​
Weldon B. JohnsonArizona Republic

Watch the October 2, 2019 presentation featuring Sr. Gayle Lwanga Crumbley, RGS

National Black Catholic Congress Photo Book

This beautiful 30-page, hardcover book contains pictures from the 2017 NBCC Congress 12 in Orlando, Florida in addition to other Black Catholic events across the United States.
for $51.49 including taxes

Hair Love

from Matthew A. Cherry

Hair Love, an Oscar-nominated animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

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 
1-800-537-2238 and

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

 We hold ourselves accountable

to our baptismal commitment to

witness and proclaim the

Good News of Jesus Christ. 

A Chicago mother’s miracle baby and the making of a saint

JUST MERCY: An Opportunity for Church Leaders to Address Racism

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.

Click image below to download.