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SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 | 4:00-5:30 PM EDT

The Male Viewpoint on Domestic Violence
This webinar will explore the role of men of faith in responding to domestic violence. Through an interactive panel discussion with male experts, we will explore how to support men exposed to domestic violence, how to support healthy manhood conver-sations, and ways to build conversations with young men and boys on these topics. There will also be a discussion of ways the church can be more responsive to addressing domestic violence. 

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Journeying Together is the USCCB’s contribution to the recent global Synod process and Christus Vivit, which both focused on the engagement and protagonism of youth and young adults. The vision of Journeying Together is to “translate” and implement Christus Vivit for the Catholic Church in the United States, as the process engages young people and ministry leaders from each and every cultural family in this country: African Americans; Asian and Pacific Islanders; European Americans; Hispanic/Latinos; Native Americans and Alaska Natives; and migrants (inclusive of ethnic communities), refugees, and people on the move. Read more...

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a campaign inviting Catholics to model civility and love for neighbor throughout the year. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate will ask Catholics to pledge civility, clarity, and compassion in their families, communities, and parishes, and call on others to do so as well. Find out more information and resources to share with your community at


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6:00-7:30 PM EDT

What’s Our Story? Chptr. 3:
Cause and Calling
for Our Roots

Presenters: Lauren Morton and 
Justin T. White

Special Guests: Amanda Edwards

Edwards, a practicing attorney and politician, 

earned an undergraduate degree in political science

from Emory University and a J.D.from Harvard Law.

and Candace Bacchus Hollingsworth
Candace Hollingsworth is the mayor of Hyattsville,

Maryland where she is the youngest, and first

African American mayor in the city’s 134-year history.

She is a passionate advocate for great cities, youth,

and stronger democracies.

Lil' Red Wagon of the Servant of God Julia Greeley

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The Subcommittee on African American Affairs, Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church (USCCB) issues a guide to eradicate racism. ​​

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The mural artwork is available for use to NBCC affiliates, limited to not-for-profit use. ​Heritage Liturgical © 2017

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Franciscan University of Steubenville

Job Opening: Part-time Human Resources Assistant

17.5 Hours/Week. The part-time Human Resource (HR) Assistant coordinates all HR hospitality and event planning and leads volunteers in event-related activities before, during, and after the occasions.  Also makes travel arrangements for all employees traveling to Austria.  In addition, as a member of the HR team the HR Assistant coordinates internal department events and meetings and performs a variety of clerical and administrative HR tasks to help ensure the office runs in a smooth and professional manner offering excellent customer service.

Please apply online: Franciscan University Staff Positions

Honors Intern Program
The posting is open to undergraduate and graduate students who will graduate in fall 2021 or later; freshmen, however, are not eligible for the program. Selected interns will work side-by-side with FBI employees on case support, research projects, program management projects, and more. HRD expects to make conditional job offers in October and begin background investigations in November.

Collegiate Hiring Initiative Eligibility Requirements and Process
This week, HRD posted 14 separate job announcements for the 2021 CHI on; candidate lists from these announcements will be valid for a year. In the application, a candidate can select up to 10 locations for which they want to be considered. To be eligible, a candidate must:
·         Have graduated or will graduate between May 2019 and June
          2021. Veterans graduation dates are from May 2015 to June 2021.
·         Have a graduating GPA of 2.95 on a 4.0 scale or higher.

·         Be able to obtain a top-secret security clearance.

​Enzo Selvaggi is a Californian artist and designer who led the team of artists that produced the mural of the Black Madonna placed in the Liturgy Room for the 2017 NBCC.

The mural is painted in the Beuronese style, and when Enzo was asked why he chose to do so, he replied, “The Beuronese style offers a special opportunity for sacred art in the New Evangelization because it proposes a universal compositional substructure of harmony, rhythm, and symmetry.  Upon this substructure a fluid hieratic symbolism can be seamlessly grafted.  Read more...

Our CALDWELL UNIVERSITY CONVERSATIONS podcast features engaging guests who share news and information about Caldwell University students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Andrei St. Felix, director of the Educational Opportunity Fund program, and Dr. Valerie Lewis-Mosley, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theology and Philosophy, talk about calling their beloved Catholic Church to live up to all it can and should be in the face of racial inequalities and about encouraging young people to pursue truth and contribute to a just society.  

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Prayer to Overcome Racism

       Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other.

       We ask for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another.

       We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism and to build a just society.

       We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person.

       Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us.  Amen.

A new DNA study offers insight into the horrific story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade

By Harmeet Kaur, CNN

​Panelists Include: Tony Porter
Tony Porter is an author, educator and activist 
working to advance social justice issues and 
Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN.  
Porter is internationally recognized for his 
efforts to prevent violence against women while

promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. 

In Loving Memory of 

Sister Mary Wilhelmina of the Most Holy Rosary

April 13, 1924–May 29, 2019  |  "On May 27th, it became evident that her death was imminent. We watched and prayed all together and in turns throughout the following hours. Sister passed quietly and peacefully unto eternity on May 29th, the eve of the Ascension." Read more...

·         Not be a current, permanent FBI employee.
·         Attach transcript(s) and/or appropriate documents by the 

           close of the job posting.
The 2021 CHI job announcements are:
·         Government Information Specialist
·         HR Assistant
·         HR Specialist
·         Management and Program Analyst (MAPA)
·         Management and Program Assistant (MP Assistant)
·         Operational Support Technician
·         Records Conversion Technician
·         Security Specialist
·         Auditor
·         Budget Analyst
·         Data Analyst
·         Equipment Specialist-Automotive
·         ET Trainee
·         IT Specialist

​About the artist and the concept for the mural ​

Andrei St. Felix


Journeying Together is a process of dialogue and encounter focused on the Church’s ministry with youth and young adults that fosters understanding and trust within and across cultural families toward a more welcoming and just community of faith. 

Order Your Copies of The African American Praying the Rosary Pamphlet

​Beautiful full-color

instruction pamphlets on

how to pray the rosary.

Rosary Pamphlets
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Required reading: A Black Catholic syllabus

by The Editors | U.S. Catholic

In the days and weeks since the killing of George Floyd and the protests for racial justice in all 50 states, lists have circulated of books, articles, and other resources to better understand the history of police brutality, black activism, and the legacy of racism in the United States. Read more...

 We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal commitment to witness and proclaim

the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

The Seven Sorrows of Mary:

1. The Prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2: 22-35)

2. The Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2: 13-15)

3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-52)

4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvery (Luke 23:27-31)

5. Mary Stands at the Foot of the Cross (John 19:25-27)

6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus in Her Arms
    (John 19:38-40)

7. The Body of Jesus in Placed in the Tomb (John 19: 41-42)

Scientific Evidence of Eucharistic Miracles
From The Joy of the Faith
Doctors from around the world have studied these miracles and their findings are presented in this video

Use of NBCC Copyrighted Material
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Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is Seeking a

Full-Time Director of Music

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is the only African American Parish in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.  It is a vibrant growing parish of 340 families located on the Eastside of San Antonio.  To apply:  Send resumes and cover letters  to: Very Rev. Kevin P. Fausz, CM,VU, Pastor, kevin, Click here for complete list of duties.

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Voting and Faithfulness
Catholic Perspectives on Politics
Edited by Nicholas P. Cafardi​

Sixty Years of Moral Theology
Readings in Moral Theology No. 20

by Charles Curran

Seeds of Justice: Organizing Your

Church to Transform the World

by Alex Tindal Wiesendanger

Bread for the Journey: A Daybook

of Wisdom and Faith

by Henri Nouwen

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist
​Discovers Her Superpower

by Brittney C. Cooper

The History of Black Catholics ​in the ​US
by Cyprian Davis


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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

"We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good Catholic is not interested in politics. This is not true: good Catholics immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern." - Pope Francis, 9/16/13

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (en Español), which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States. (
English PDF PDF en Español)

In a short essay published earlier this week [June 4, 2020], Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch wrote that the recent killing in Minnesota of George Floyd has forced the country to “confront the reality that, despite gains made in the past 50 years, we are still a nation riven by inequality and racial division.”


Protestors march through the streets of D.C. during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody. (Photo by Samuel Corum / Getty Images)

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary and the Marian Apparitions in Kibeho

Although the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows began in the Middle Ages, the Blessed Mother Mary's apparitions to Marie-Claire Mukangango in Kibeho, Rwanda, brought new focus to the importance of this prayer.  During these appearances, the young woman was instructed to bring news of the special graces offered to those who prayed the Seven Sorrows Rosary to the world. Marie Claire traveled extensively, bringing the message of Mary to thousands, prior to her death during the genocides in Rwanda. 

According to the Immaculee website, "She (the Holy Virgin) promised that when prayed with an open and repentant heart, the rosary would win us the Lord's forgiveness for our sins and free our souls from guilt and remorse. She also promised that over time, the rosary would develop within us a deep understanding of why we sin, and that knowledge would give us the wisdom and strength to change or remove any internal flaws, weaknesses of character, or personality faults causing unhappiness and keeping us from enjoying the joyous life God intended for us."  Read more...

For Generations, Black Women Have Envisioned a Better, Fairer American Politics

By Karin Wulf
A new book details the 200-plus years of trenchant activism, from anti-slavery in the earliest days of the U.S. to 21st-century voting rights.  Read more...

Rosary Campaign for an End to the Coronavirus
“…there is no problem, as difficult as it may be, that we cannot resolve at this time by praying the Holy Rosary.”  – Sr. Lucia of Fatima
Join us online, by phone or in spirit as we pray the Rosary asking the miraculous intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to put an end to the coronavirus and to bring restoration to those most severely impacted by the pandemic.

Log-in information can be found on the website:

Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

Rising to Sainthood

Download images by clicking on the portraits below

NBCC Summer 2020 E-Blast

Full copy available here or click button to print

This drawing of the Liverpool slave ship Brooks was commissioned by abolitionists to depict the inhumanity of the slave trade by showing how Africans were crammed below decks.

(CNN)Much of what we know about the horrors of slavery in the Americas comes from historical records. But new research shows that evidence of the slave trade's atrocities can also be found in the DNA of African Americans.  Read more...

The National Black Catholic Congress apologizes for including incorrect information about Servant of God Mother Mary Lange. The correct information should read: 

Although little of her early history is known, Lange is believed to have been born circa 1784 in Santiago de Cuba to an affluent family. Seeking an area of greater peace and security, Lange left Cuba for the United States, settling in Baltimore, MD. (4)

Grief Resources from Lisa Connors, LCPC

Presenter of the NBCC Webinar,

The Grieving Journey: Conversations of the Heart and Soul

This Guide was prepared to assist bishops and presbyters reflect on the evil and harm of racism. While this is not a comprehensive list, it provides actionable steps that may assist Catholics to reflect and respond in faith. With the aid of Holy Scripture, Catholic social teaching, and sacred tradition, this is an open invitation to journey toward reconciliation.  

Tackling Mental Health Stigma - Strength Over Silence
The latest installment features NAMI Ambassador Chris Hubbard, offensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns. Hubbard takes us on a journey back to his hometown of Columbus, Georgia, where he shares the unique challenges of playing competitive sports, encourages young athletes to take care of their mental health and relays the importance of asking for help.

Strength Over Silence is a NAMI docuseries that explores unique perspec-tives on mental health from the African-American and Latino communities. Through candid and courageous stories of lived experience, these mental health champions share their journeys of resiliency and recovery.

Resources for CatholicsMobile Apps

Mural designer and artist, Enzo Selvaggi and his family pictured standing next to Bishop Joseph Perry.

Congress XII​ Mural

iBreviary brings the traditional Catholic prayer of the Breviary and all the texts of the Liturgy on your iPhone and iPad.

Identity and Cultural Dimensions of Mental Illness

Black/African Americans

What happens at the intersection of mental health and one’s experience as a member of the Black diaspora? While the experience of being Black in America varies tremendously, there are shared cultural factors that play a role in defining mental health and supporting well-being, resiliency and healing.

Part of this shared cultural experience —  like values, family connections, expression through spirituality or music, reliance on community networks and church — are enriching and can be great sources of strength and support.   Read more...

Honors Intern and Collegiate Hire Job Openings Close September 30
The FBI has opened the annual application processes for the FY2021 Honors Internship Program and the Collegiate Hiring Initiative (CHI). These postings will close on September 30 and cover positions in all field offices and headquarters locations. Employees who know suitable candidates for these positions are asked to encourage them to apply at

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Key to the Mural's Important Black Catholics: Click here to go to the ​​Congress 12 webpage to view the key to the figures shown above.

​Facilitated by: Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley​​​​​
​Dr. Bent-Goodley is Professor Emerita of Social

Work and Graduate Professor in the Public Health

Program, Graduate School at Howard University.

Dr. Bent-Goodley was the Founding Director of the

Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention

Program. She also serves as the ​Chair/Director of the University’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. 

The Prayer of Jesus (The Unity Prayer)
My Adorable Jesus...
May our feet journey together.
May our hands gather in unity.
May our hearts beat in unison.
May our souls be in harmony.
May our thoughts be as one.
May our ears listen to the silence together.
May our glances profoundly penetrate each other.
May our lips pray together to gain mercy from the Eternal Father.

O Blessed Lady, Spread the Effect of Grace of Thy 
Flame of Love Over All of Humanity


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Children's Books:

Brown Girl Magic

by Dalilla Hermans

Noon gets home from school, sad and angry. Someone made fun of her dark skin and wild curls. He told her she should leave. But Noon doesn't want to leave. And she shouldn't, because Noon is perfectly fine the way she is. In fact, she's MAGICAL. 

God of hope and mercy, we lift up to you all victims of natural disasters and those responding with assistance and aid. Protect all who are in any form of danger; provide practical help to those in need; strengthen the weary, console the grieving, heal the suffering; and bless those engaged in disaster relief efforts with safety and courage. Help all people of good will respond with compassion and generous hearts. Amen.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota invites applications for the Vice President for Inclusion and Human Dignity. Reporting to the President as a member of the President’s cabinet, the Vice President advances the university’s vision, objectives, and goals for establishing an innovative culture of diversity, inclusion, and engagement within the Lasallian Catholic tradition. The position also designs training initiatives on topics of cultural awareness, gender complementarity, disability, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and other related themes, and oversees compliance with Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable statutes and requirements, including serving as the university’s Title IX Coordinator. A complete profile providing a full description of this opportunity can be accessed here.

OCTOBER 28, 2020 | 4:00-5:30 PM EDT
​Healthy Mind, Healthy​ Faith: How brain health impacts spiritual health, 

and vice-versa. 

Facilitated by: Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley​​​​​
​Dr. Bent-Goodley is Professor Emerita

of Social Work and Graduate Professor

in the Public Health Program, Graduate School at

Howard University.

The African American Catholic

Youth Bible

Finally, a Bible that fosters

faith and cultural identity

for Black Youth

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Saint Mary's Press:

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NOVEMBER 18, 2020  |  3:00 PM EDT

Temple Talk-preparing for

what is to come
​A Nutritional Intensive by a Certified

Health Coach and Health Food Educator.

Presented by: L. Beaman-Morris

Morris is the owner of L.B. Morris Consults. She is a certified health coach, health food educator, foodie, home cook and faith based nutrition educator.

Reimagining the Examen

Dr. Valerie Lewis-Mosley


And Panelist: ​​​Johnny Rice II, DrPH, MSCJ
Johnny Rice, an Assistant Professor of Criminal

Justice at Coppin State University, College of

Behavioral and Social Sciences, has expertise in

the areas of delinquency, victimization and social

justice. Dr. Rice previously served as Senior

Program Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in

the Supervised Visitation Initiative.


If we journey together, young and old, we can be firmly rooted in the present, and from here, revisit   the past and look to the future. To revisit the past in order to learn from history and heal old wounds that at times still trouble us. To look to the future in order to nourish our enthusiasm, cause dreams to emerge, awaken prophecies, and enable hope to blossom. Together, we can learn from one another, warm hearts, inspire minds with the light of the Gospel, and lend new strength to our hands. Pope Francis | Christus Vivit 199