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The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism

August 2019
August 2nd through August 7th
104th Annual National


In Atlanta at the Sheraton Atlanta

Hotel. The annual meeting of the

organization will bring over 1000 Catholic

family members from around the country to

Atlanta. In addition to business sessions, several activities are planned including community service projects, the KPC Golf Classic at Southland Golf Course, Gospel Extravaganza, and the Founders Gala. The opening Mass will be celebrated at the Sheraton on Sunday, August 4th at 2:00 P.M. and is open to public. A public forum is scheduled for Sunday, August 4th from 6 - 8:00 P.M. at the Sheraton; the forum will address the organization’s five key social justice issues which includes Racism, Black Lives Matter, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and the Criminal Justice System.  The convention’s opening session will be on Monday, August 5th at 9:00 A.M. at the Sheraton; local civic officials have been invited to attend the opening session.


Requested Supplies for Capuchin Missions in Tanzania 2019

  1. Class/learning items for secondary school: Science books and others if available, pens, rulers, laboratory equipment for practical Chemistry, Biology & Physics; also for Practical and Physical Geography
  2. Computers
  3. Sports items: Basketball, Football and Netball & their Nets, Sports' Shoes, Jazz e.t.c. 
  4. School items for nursery and primary school: It includes the following 
  5. First-Play Deluxe Kit
  6. First-Play Ladder Kit
  7. First Play A-Z Alphabet Cones Set
  8. First-Play Tell The Time Mat
  9. Tuftex GetSetGo with Super Ball Pack
  10. Netballs, Footballs, Volleyballs
  11. Maths TLM primary school level teaching and learning materials
  12. Pens, pencils & rubber, Ruler and colored pencils.​
  13. English Moral story books
  14. Skipping rope, Tennis balls, toys 
  15. English language learning books for primary school and kindergarten school

Domestic Violence and Mental Health Resources

Why is May the
Month of Mary?
by Marge Fenelon

The idea of a month dedicated
specifically to Mary can be traced back
to baroque times. Although it wasn’t
always held during May, Mary Month
included thirty daily spiritual exercises
​honoring Mary.

It was in this era that Mary’s Month and May were combined, making May the Month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today. Read more...


"In the hierarchy of holiness it is precisely the 'woman', Mary of Nazareth, who is the 'figure' of the Church. She 'precedes' everyone on the path to holiness; in her person 'the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle'".

— JOHN PAUL II Mulieris Dignitatem, 1988

A Time of Grace
The world is resplendent with Spring's increased light and new growth. It is Mary’s month in the Easter season and all of nature rejoices with the Queen of heaven at the Resurrection of the Son she was worthy to bear. During the remainder of Easter time, let us endeavor through the prayers of the Holy Liturgy and the Holy Rosary to deepen our gratitude for the mystery of our Baptismal rebirth in Christ.

"The month of May, with its profusion of blooms was adopted by the Church in the eighteenth century as a celebration of the flowering of Mary's maidenly spirituality…With its origins in Isaiah's prophecy of the Virgin birth of the Messiah under the figure of the Blossoming Rod or Root of Jesse, the flower symbolism of Mary was extended by the Church Fathers, and in the liturgy, by applying to her the flower figures of the Sapiential Books-Canticles, Wisdom, Proverbs and Sirach. Read more...

Pope names first African-American to highest U.S. post

by Philip Pullella  |  Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis named the first African-American to the Catholic Church’s most senior U.S. position on Thursday, seeking to end a period of upheaval in a job whose previous two occupants were caught in sexual abuse scandals.


The National Black Catholic Congress Announces a New President

BALTIMORE, MD -- The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) is pleased to announce the election of the Most Reverend Roy E. Campbell, Jr. ​as its next President.  Bishop Campbell was elected by the Black Bishops of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  He succeeds the Most Reverend John Ricard who will remain active in the NBCC as its Immediate Past President.  The change in leadership will become effective on April 1, 2019. Read more...

Great books to celebrate the beauty of our Blessed Mother

Memorial Day Prayer:  

Gracious God, on this Memorial Day, we pray for those who courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops, and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace. In union with people of goodwill of every nation, embolden us to answer the call to work for peace and justice, and thus, seek an end to violence and conflict around the globe. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Dr. Brown (center) is pictured with the Capuchins who serve in Tanzania on a past mission trip.

Calendar of Events​​

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for May: The Church in Africa, a Seed
​of Unity
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.

National Center for Victims of Crime 

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

Take the CureStigma quiz to see whether or not you have Stigma and how you can help spread awareness.

Why this cause is important: One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.

Campaign manifesto: There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma. Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Together we can #CureStigma.


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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.

Director of Development
Full-Time | Development Team | Cincinnati, Ohio

Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the President, the Director of Development will design and execute on a comprehensive development strategy for Dynamic Catholic. The Director of Development will lead and execute on both our $100MM campaign for Dynamic Parish and the foundational Ambassador’s Club, as well as on ongoing fundraising efforts. He/she will also lead and grow the ten person development team.

JOIN NAMI IN SPREADING THE WORD - May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

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.

Vatican announces Wilton Gregory as new archbishop of Washington. Press conference feed from the Washington Post.

Why Catholics Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary
By Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Among the various characteristics which prove the Catholic Church to be the one, true Church of Christ (the fours marks of the Church — one, holy, catholic, apostolic), there is also a particular characteristic which is manifestly based on Holy Scripture and which is unique to Catholicism — the honor and devotion of the Catholic Church to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. There is not a single month in the year without several feasts in her honor. Consider the months of August and September, for example, in which there are seven feasts on the ecclesiastical calendar dedicated to her.

This honor and devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, is one of the many things rejected by Protestants. Protestants claim that the Catholic Church’s devotion to Mary is not based on Sacred Scripture, that it is an offense to Christ, that no one should pray to Mary because “there is only one Mediator with the Father,” that Mary did not always remain a virgin, etc. How important it is for Catholics to know Sacred Scripture and to respond to these attacks on the Mother of Jesus Christ, especially in these times, when there has been such a surge of non-Catholic sects who zealously proselytize their heretical teachings.  Read more...

Marian Devotions and Apparitions
by Rev. William G. Most

Taken from The Basic Catholic Catechism
PART SEVENTEEN: The Sacramentals

Of the many forms of devotion to Our Lady, there are some which have been especially recommended by the Church. Devotions which involve the use of physical objects are not superstitious, because these objects are not thought to have any power in themselves. Rather, they are external aids to interior devotion to the Mother of God.

The Rosary
An especially great Marian devotion is the Rosary. There is an ancient tradition that St. Dominic received the Rosary from Our Lady in an apparition at Prouille in 1206 A.D. as a weapon against the Albigensian heresy. What is entirely certain is that in one way or another, numerous Popes have spoken of St. Dominic as author of the Rosary, without pronouncing on the authenticity of the Prouille vision. Read more...

Order your exclusive NBCC Black Madonna and Child Rosary

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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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Medical Supplies Requested:

  1. ​Medical items including the following if available. 
    1. Malaria Test Kits (MRDT)
    2. HIV Test (PIIC)
    3. Glucose deep Sticks (Urine)
    4. Glucose Kits
    5. Microscope (XIOO H.P)
    6. Colorimeter
    7. Centrifuge
    8. Slides
    9. Cover Slip
    10. Tippet
    11. Test tube
    12. Urine Containers
    13. Stool Containers
    14. Swab
    15. Cotton wool
    16. Test tube Stand
    17. Dispensable (Red, Black, Yellow and Sharp Box)
    18. Oil immersion
    19. Methylated Spirit
    20. Glucose Machine (automatic)
    21. Crape binder
    22. Surgical blades
    23. Dust Bins
    24. Sterilizers
    25. Dressing forceps container 
  2. Religious items and articles: Including bible, catechism, crosses of St. Francis of Assis and others, rosaries, religious books, etc…
  3. Any other available items which will be helpful


The Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and spiritual protection, one of the most powerful sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima, once said,
"There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families ... that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary."After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Rosary is the prayer most pleasing to Our Lady. In honor of the Blessed Mother, we would like to share her 15 promises to those who pray the Rosary.  Read more...

Guillaume Perrier (1600-1656), "La remise du rosaire"

​​​Pope Francis joked with children during his visit to a refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (Credit: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini.)

Vatican statistics confirm the Catholic future is in Africa

by Inés San Martín

ROME - New statistics released by the Vatican on Thursday show that Africa continues to position itself as the future axis of Catholicism, with the number of baptized Catholics on the continent growing at a significantly faster rate than anywhere else in the world. Read more...

Nation’s first black priest from Quincy moving closer

to sainthood

By Tamara Browning 
Staff Writer 

"Tolton, who escaped slavery in Missouri during the Civil War and later lived and ministered in Quincy, is moving closer to being canonized."

The Rev. Augustus Tolton escaped from slavery as a child and went on to become the nation’s first black Catholic priest.

His life shows students how they can also live a life of purpose, actor Jim Coleman told students of local Catholic schools during a recent presentation about Tolton’s life. Read more...

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Pastoral Plans of Action from Past Congresses

These instruments, issued shortly after each Congress, provide action steps for addressing the topics of concern presented during the Congress events.​ To download copies of the different Pastoral Plans, click button below. 

Racism and Racial Justice Resources for Catholics

Employment Opportunities

August 2019

August 4th through August 9th

The Devil's Role in the Spiritual Life

This years' Summer Conference will be centered around Fr. Cliff Ermatingers' book "The Devil's Role in the Spiritual Life: St. John of the Cross' Teaching on Satan's Involvement at Every Stage of Spiritual Growth." 

- If the devil can read your mind or knows the future.
-How to distinguish between divinely inspired visions and

those inspired by the devil.
-Common pitfalls for beginners in the spiritual life - as well

as those of the most advanced.
-How the devil adapts his strategy according to where you are 

in the spiritual life: purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages.
-How to grow in prayer.
-What are the most effective weapons in combatting the

devil - as well as those the devil uses against you to halt

your progress.

​To be held at the University of St. Mary of the Lake

Conference Center, Mundelein, IL

For more information, click here.

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.

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)

Gilmour is seeking a collaborative and innovative Religion teacher
for the 2019-2020 school year. Respectful, inclusive faith development is integral to how Gilmour teaches the whole child.  We seek an experienced educator, with Upper school classroom experience, who embodies Gilmour’s mission and vision. Responsibilities include teaching students in grades 9-12 and collaborating with members of the department to plan and facilitate grade level retreats. The successful candidate connects with students, families, and colleagues across disciplines and divisions, is committed to implementing the diocesan curriculum as guided by our Holy Cross identity, demonstrates the capacity to grow professionally, and will be equipped to stretch all students on their individual faith journeys.   Candidates should be eager to support co-curricular initiatives, facilitate learning beyond the classroom, and participate enthusiastically in the life of the school. 

Other Positions Available:

Dynamic Parish Consultant  | Cincinnati, Ohio
Ecommerce Manager  |  Leadership Team  |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Major Gift Officer |  Development Team |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Prospect Research Analyst |  Development Team |  Cincinnati, Ohio
Video Team Leader |  Video Team |  Cincinnati, Ohio

Congratulations to Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Newly Appointed to Washington, DC

Help the Missions in Tanzania

Dear Friends,
       I write today with great excitement as I prepare for another missionary journey.  On July 3, 2019, I will depart for Tanzania to work with the Capuchin Friars.  The goal, as always, is to carry requested supplies with us on the plane.  In the past, you have assisted with the mission efforts across the Continent by donating much needed items for schools, parishes and health care centers in villages and towns. This year, we will also visit the Center for Disabled Children in Dodoma, Tanzania. 
       Thank you so much for your past generosity and faithfulness in praying for the success of our work.  All of your donations of items and financial support have meant a great deal to the communities that we serve.  Please see that I have enclosed the list of needed supplies that the Capuchin Friars are requesting.  Whatever you can do to assist will lovingly be distributed during the July visit to Dar Es Salaam, Upanga, Maua, Arusha and Dodoma, Tanzania.
       I can arrange pick-up/drop-off zones in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maryland for all donations.  As always, I am available via email at or cell @401-257-9696. Please accept my warm wishes for a wonderful Holy Week and grace-filled Easter Season!

Thanking You in Advance In His Peace,
Dr. Camille Brown, Associate Director of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

from Catholic Online

We fly to your protection, most holy Mother of God; please listen to our petitions and needs, and deliver us from all dangers, ever glorious and blessed Virgin Mary. 

Mary, our model and mother, by your obedience and patience you have taught us how to be true children of God. Please help us by your powerful assistance to overcome all our weaknesses, and to fulfill perfectly our tasks in life. 

By your compassionate aid may we ever stand in spirit with you beneath the cross of Christ so that we may also rejoice with you in your divine Son's triumphant victory over sin and death. 

In your maternal kindness help us to be faithful to prayers in the company of God's Church as you were one with the Apostles in the upper room as you waited for the promised Spirit of Pentecost. 

With your gracious assistance may we be near you in the glory of Christ's kingdom come to sing with you and all the faithful the eternal praise of God.  Amen. 


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Documentary Director
Full-Time | Documentary | Greater Cincinnati 

At Dynamic Catholic we are seeking a Documentary Director to lead the filming, production, and post production of our Dynamic Parish Documentary Series. In this role you’ll serve the Mission by traveling the country and working with parishes to document their journey to become the dynamic faith community God created it to be. Are you an experienced Film Director with a passion for revitalizing Catholic Parishes across the country? 

Ascension is hiring!

We are a company built around the call to help people enrich their lives through the fullness of the Catholic Faith. We’re passionate, mission-driven professionals and we’re looking for talented people to join our team. 

Our four current openings:
General Manager  /  Marketing Manager  /  Product Manager  /  Accounts Payable Clerk

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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

News coverage of the appointment by various media outlets:

REUTERS VIDEO                                                                   CRUXNOW.COM article
NCRONLINE article​                                                                CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY article                            

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Our Lady's 15 Promises to Those Who Pray Her Rosary

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CHILD: Our Pains and Joys
by Elnora M. Guzman
Published in The Family Apostolate, Vol. 3, Issue 8

The inspiring promise from God is the gift of his Son who came and suffered, that we might have life in full. It's life that is beautiful, full of joys and excitement. We marvel and boast of our successful accomplishments. But when life becomes tainted by the storms, hardships, and difficulties, we become almost frustrated. Then our faith weakens; we withdraw, give up and question God, "Why me? Why do I have to suffer this way? What have I done/ Where did I fail? In tears, this was the first reaction when my precious eldest daughter was diagnosed with autism and moderate mental retardation. I felt like my whole world had crumbled and I asked myself where exactly I went wrong. What had I done? Read more...