Denver Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez presides over the Transfer of the Remains Ceremony for Servant of God Julia Greeley at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on June 7 in Denver.

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HOUSTON — Julia Greeley was a
pioneer for Catholics. Black Catholics
cling to her story as a model of loving
kindness in the face of cruelty and
oppression that resonates with people
of all races, times and cultures. In
this National Black Catholic History
Month, Mary L. Leisring, director of

The Equal Justice Initiative will open America’s first national memorial dedicated to victims of racial terror lynching and a new museum dedicated to slavery and its legacy on April 26, 2018, in Montgomery, Alabama.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice will acknowledge an era of racial terror in the United States when thousands of African Americans were lynched and publicly tortured, sometimes in the presence of thousands of people. Full story...

Update on Canonization Processes of
Four Black Catholic Holy Men & Women

VENERABLE PIERRE TOUSSAINT: The late Cardinal Terence Cooke introduced Pierre's cause for canonization at the Vatican in 1968. In December 1989, the remains of Pierre Toussaint were transferred from Lower Manhattan to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where he is the only lay person buried. On December 17, 1997, Pope John Paul II declared Pierre Toussaint, Venerable, thus placing him firmly on the road to becoming North America's first black saint. ​
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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.

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After scientific investigation, a eucharistic miracle in Poland was recently confirmed as authentic by the local bishop of the area. Initially, the Host had fallen on the ground, so it was placed in water, as is customarily done in such cases. Not long afterward, the Eucharist began turning red, as if bloody.

Tests subsequently done on the subject indicated it came from human tissue "most similar to the heart muscle ... as it appears under the strains of agony."

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Legacy Museum
and National Memorial for Peace and Justice
to Open on
​April 26, 2018

From EJI - Equal Justice Initiative

the Office of Black Catholic Ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver, gives a thoughtful reflection on the life of simplicity lived by Julia Greeley, whose kindness has inspired the start of her cause for canonization. Greeley was born into slavery in Hannibal, Missouri on a date still to be determined, sometime between 1833 and 1848. Full story...

INQUIRING NUNS: a Facets Video release. 
Set in Chicago in 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War, this disarming, intimate, even fun piece of cinema verite finds two nuns moving through the city's densely populated streets, asking the simple question: "Are you happy?" The film pushes beyond the issues of the times and allows its subjects to open their hearts and reveal themselves plainly and simply. "A profound and moving experience for the viewer" (Chicago Tribune). Features music by Philip Glass.For more info or to order this film, visit



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Two eucharistic miracles 1,300 years apart show same blood type and DNA

Honoring Julia Greeley: A voice of charity, love, faith during 1800s, 1900s


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News about the second webinar in the NBCC 2018 Webinar Series.

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SERVANT OF GOD MARY LANGE: Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore opened a formal investigation into Mother Lange's life  and works of charity in 1991, and the cause of her sainthood was approved in 2004. If the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints approves the positio being written, Mother Lange, currently considered a “Servant of God,” would be given the title “Venerable.” A confirmed miracle attributed to her would then be necessary for her beatification, and a second miracle for her canonization.

4th National Black Catholic Women's Gathering:

Grace-Filled Black Catholic Women: ​Standing on the Promise

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SERVANT OF GOD FR. AUGUSTUS TOLTON: In 2015, the Cause for Canonization of Fr. Augustus Tolton, begun in 2010, received affirmation of the juridicial validity of the Archdiocesan inquiry into his life and virtues by the Congregation for Causes of Saints, and Fr. Tolton received the distinction of Servant of God. 

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Did you miss the Pastoral Plan Webinar presented by Fr. Stephen Thorne?

Your Guide To
A Catholic Lent

Everything you need for a more spiritual Lent

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What is Lent?
Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name "Lent" is from the Middle English Lenten and Anglo-Saxon Lenten, meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the "forty days," tessaracoste in Greek. The number "forty" is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus' fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to six days' fast per week of six weeks (Sundays were excluded); in the seventh century the days from Ash Wednesday through the First Sunday were added to make the number forty.

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It’s time to finish the work.
On April 3-5, 2018 the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and our partners will gather in Washington, D.C. for a historic event to launch its Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. As we mark 50 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968, we will commit to do our part to eradicate the entrenched racism that grips the United States and paralyzes our ability to see every human being as equal.

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VENERABLE HENRIETTE DELILLE: The Canonization process is comprised of four phases: Servant of God, Venerable, Blessed and Saint.  As of this time, one alleged miracle attributed to Henriette is being tried in a Catholic Tribunal, and the decree of judicial validity was issued in the investigation of her life, virtues, and reputation of sanctity. Henriette was bestowed with the title of Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. 


Saturday,  April 14th, 6:00pm 
Dominican Spring Gala

Dominican House of Studies, 487 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20017. Join us for food, entertainment, silent and live auctions, and compline. This event benefits the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. For more information go to:

Saturday, April 21st, 10:00AM-3:30PM

Vocationist Spring Retreat

Open to 7th and 8th graders. Blessed Justin Vocationary,
90 Brooklake Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932.

For more information: 973-966-6262 -​

Friday, April 27, 1:00pm-Sunday, April 29, 2018, 12:00pm

Annual Black Catholic Retreat
Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House, 4801 N Hwy 67, Sedalia, CO 80135
$200.00 for the weekend, $75.00 for Saturday only. Fr. Manuel Williams, C.R., CFRE, Director. For information: 

or For reservations call 303-688-4198 or email:  All are welcome!

Saturday, April 28th, 7:00 PM

McVinney Welcomes PBS Star Ethan Bortnick in Concert

McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, RI 02903

Sixteen year-old international music sensation, singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, actor, philanthropist and PBS star Ethan Bortnick, will be in concert at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, for just one night, Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m., with his newest special, Generations of Music. Tickets are available

Just Released!

Archbishop Wilton Gregory only black archbishop serving Catholic Church

Commemorating Dr. King's Legacy

and issuing a call to action

To mark 50 Years since Dr. King's Assasination

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