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March for Life Expo: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pre-Rally Concert: We Are Messengers will perform from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rally and March  This is the main event! The March for Life Rally kicks off at noon at 12th St. on the National Mall.
Youth Rally  The Youth Rally is an awesome chance for students to hear from leaders in the pro-life movement, learn how to become advocates for life, and immerse themselves in the culture of life.

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

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FORMED Daily: Saints are our friends in Christ

Saints want to help us, and just like a good friend is there when we need help, saints can be there for us, as well. What role could the saints be playing in our lives?  Watch the entire episode of Body of Christ:


​Sr. Gayle Lwanga,  Bro. Patrick Winbrush,
Annie Tardy, Deacon Mel Tardy, and
Andrew and Terri Lyke

This webinar will explore how vocations – to which all baptized Catholics are called -- are the fruit and the seeds of a radical love. Whether single, married, clergy or religious; a properly discerned vocation would enable us to live more fully, to love more radically, to more joyfully bear witness to the Gospel and to more authentically reveal (and perhaps attract others to) the love of Christ. Only this can produce and sustain more vocations.

Sat Jan 25th 2020 3:00pm - Tue 28th 3:00pm
2020 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC
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.

Sun Feb 2nd 12:00 pm

The National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family

This day was created by Fr. James Goode, OFM in 1989 for our communities to set aside a special day to join in solidarity with our African-American and African brothers and sisters, to give thanks to God for our families and place our every care in the arms of Jesus.

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:

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!

The Continuing Education and Enrichment (C&E) Programs provide lifelong learning and formation for laypersons, catechists and other pastoral ministers. Offered in 1-week modules, C&E courses give students previsous time and space to explore new ministry interests, update ministry skills, or reflect on the realities of Christian discipleship. The C&E Programs offer unique opportunities for individuals to grow in their understanding of Black Catholics and its impact on their ministry, community and the Church at-large.

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 with questions. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.


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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.

​       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​​

Cardinal O'Malley declares 2020 the Year of the Eucharist (Archdiocese of Boston)

A recent Pew Study entitled “What Americans Know About Religion” reported that only 31% of Catholics believe that the bread and the wine consecrated during the Mass actually become the body and blood of Jesus, and that only half of Catholics know of the Church’s teaching concerning the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.


Domestic Violence and Mental Health Resources

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

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Washington, D.C. | January 24, 2020


Week 3: July 13-17, 2020

  • The Elders Retreat
  • Race and Catholic Imagination
  • Going PPLACESS with Catechesis
  • The African Diaspora: Finding a
    Way Beyond "Us and Them"
  • The Arts and Christian Ministry


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!

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​Week 2: July 6-10, 2020

  • A Theology of 'Black Lives Matter (BLM)' Continued
  • Steppin' in the Name of Love: Journeying with African American Youth
  • Resistance and the Scriptures
  • Liturgy for Lay Ministers
  • The Mission of Discipleship--Lay Leaders in the 21st Century

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Week 1: June 29-July 3, 2020

  • Building Multicultural Competency in Ministry
  • A Theology of 'Black Lives Matter' - Initiating the Coversation
  • African American Spirituality
  • The Catholic Church: Forging a Path to Racial Justice
  • Preaching from the Pews​​

The Responsibility of Catholic Schools and Churches to Talk about Racism

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

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 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)

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witness and proclaim the

Good News of Jesus Christ. 

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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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