“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Proverbs 16:24

Sorrowful Mysteries:
Agony in the Garden: trust in God;
Scourging at the Pillar: purity;
Crowning with Thorns: fortitude;
Carrying of the Cross: perseverance
     in trials
Crucifixion: forgiveness for others.

Glorious Mysteries:
Resurrection: faith;
Ascension: hope;
Descent of the Holy Spirit: gifts of
​     the Holy Spirit
Assumption: To Jesus
     through Mary
Coronation: final perseverance.

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Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C 

With Panelists: 

Robert J. Wingfield, Ph.D. 
and Dwight Hollier, 


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Where Did the Rosary Originate?


Except for the Our Father, no Catholic prayer or devotion may be more revered than the Rosary.

Many say the Rosary daily, reciting this prayer not only in church but during special times and places we set aside. Many keep the beads in their pocket, hang them in cars, put them on bedposts. They may be part of the essentials carried every day, such as keys, wallets or purses. When lost or misplaced, many may feel incomplete until the beads are found or a new set is in their possession. But when did this whole idea of counting beads while praying begin? Where did the Rosary originate? Read more...

The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin

The Cross and the Lynching Tree
by James H. Cone

What Truth Sounds Like

by Michael Eric Dyson

How To Be An Antiracist 

by Ibram​​ X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race

by Oluo Ijeoma

Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
by Bryan N. Massingale

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made

for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson

View the Recording of the Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 13 new Cardinals

from St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

Venerable Henriette Delille

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Exonerated death-row inmate gives close look at capital punishment

By Carol Zimmermann

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Statement from Cardinal-designate Gregory
Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory released the following statement on Pope Francis naming him a Cardinal: “With a very grateful and humble heart, I thank Pope Francis for this appointment which will allow me to work more closely with him in caring for Christ’s Church.”


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​This teaching fellows program seeks to attract African American scholars to complete their doctoral studies at Saint Michael’s College, thereby advancing the rich tradition and history of the Edmundites and the College serving underrepresented communities and scholars.

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1-800-950-NAMI Monday to Friday 10AM - 6PM EST  
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NBCC Autumn 2020 E-Blast

Full copy available here or click button to print

Key Objectives:

• Encounter God

• Acknowledgement of the intersection of our faith and femininity

• Moment-by-Moment
experience to peace and wholeness

• Journey through our
​uniqueness as women of color

Gift Processing Specialist

Franciscan University of Steubenville is looking for a Gift Processing Specialist to process all non-cash gifts and pledges and assist the Gift Processing Coordinator in processing cash gifts and in providing exceptional service to benefactors.

Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.

Office Manager for Marketing & Communications

The Office Manager is responsible for a full range of administrative, customer service, and budgetary tasks that offer support to the Marketing and Communications team. F/T

Planned Gift Officer​ for Advancement Office

The Planned Gift Officer (PGO) identifies, qualifies, cultivates, asks and stewards a portfolio of current and future benefactors who are capable of making a planned gift as defined by the University. F/T​

Please apply online: Franciscan University Staff Positions

Mental Health Disparities:
African Americans

Mental Health Status, Use of Services, and Disparities

• Rates of mental illnesses in African Americans are similar with those of the general population. However, disparities exist in regard to mental health care services. African Americans often receive poorer quality of care and lack access to culturally competent care.7

• Only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receives it.8  Read more...

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Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

Rising to Sainthood

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Promoting the African American Candidates for Sainthood

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

As we prepare for an extraordinary Advent season, we are reminded of the grace that sustains us. Join Father Desmond Drummer to share about sustaining grace as we seek Justice and peace in our world. 

(CNS) — It's one thing to read about mistakes and wrongdoing in the criminal justice system, especially when it comes to death penalty cases...(Read more)


The formative experience of Bee at Peace is rooted in Ignatian Spirituality.

Bee At Peace will addresses the Pastoral Plan

of Action established by the National

Black Catholic Congress through

evangelization of young adults, unchurched, and domestic violence towards women.

Five Focus Areas to
exceed objectives:

• Honeycombs – monthly small faith
​sharing circles

• Just Bee Quiet – a progressive series of
silent retreats

• Practicum Site for Spiritual Directors

• Development of Educational Grants

and Scholarships for Spiritual

Directors of Color

• Funding for Spiritual Direction and retreats

Celebrate the Elevation of Cardinal-designate Gregory to the College of Cardinals

From Reverend Daniel B. Carson, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia


Executive Director of Communications for The Archdiocese of Baltimore

About the Study
The Study of Spirituality in the United States is a qualitative and quantitative inquiry into how people—of all spiritual and religious backgrounds—from across the country describe their spirituality. Through illuminating personal stories and survey data, the study reveals how the spiritual dimension of our nature informs our understanding of ourselves and each other. This study seeks to build on existing spirituality research by reflecting how people understand spirituality and live spiritual lives in their own words, and exploring the relationship—and perceptions of the relationship—between spirituality and public engagement. Access the study here.

Lil' Red Wagon of the Servant of God Julia Greeley

Did you miss this 3-part series, jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life and The National Black Sisters’ Conference?

The purpose of this presentation was to begin a conversation about the role of religious life in addressing and dismantling racial injustice.

November 9 | 7-8:30 pm CST –  Session I
November 16 | 7-8:30 pm CST – Session II
November 23 | 7-8:30 pm CST – Session III

If you have any questions please contact Sr. Maria Cimperman, RSCJ at mcimperman@ctu.edu.

New! Catholic Health Care Planning Video

Who will make decisions about your medical care if you get very sick or are nearing the end of your life? Our new one-hour on-demand webinar (above) will walk you through Catholic teaching, health care directives, and understanding options such as hospice or palliative care from experts who include Rev. Michael DeAscanis, STL; attorney Shannon Hammond; and nurse practitioner Joan Panke. Watch the video plus get a Catholic-friendly advanced directive (available in English and Spanish) for use in Maryland, resources on Catholic teaching, tips for talking with your family about your wishes, and more at mdcatholic.org/endoflife.

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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...

In his apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM), St. John Paul II tells how we are to assimilate the mysteries of the rosary by meditating on the life of Jesus as we contemplate each mystery. When we immerse ourselves into the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, with the aid of the Blessed Virgin and by means of contemplation, we enter more deeply into the life of Jesus, and we are rewarded by the "fruits" of the mysteries, which are listed below:

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Being a Black Father in the United States of America
Tony Porter  |  June 8, 2020

I’m in pain. My community — my people — are hurting. And I’m hurting. I find myself calling my 21-year-old son — over and over — just to hear his voice. Just to tell him I love him. I’m struggling to explain what’s happening to my 8-year-old grandson. It’s too hard to look into his big, innocent, brown eyes and tell him the world doesn’t value him the same way it does his White friends. Yet, I have to educate him. I have to because knowing how the world sees him — and how he needs to respond — is what can help keep him safe. Read more...

Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues and the 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. 

Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine  as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.” (View video below)

A call to men | Tony Porter

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The Archdiocese of Baltimore is taking applications for the position of Chaplain for the Women's Correctional Facility.


The Chaplain shall provide the following services to the Catholic population in a fashion consistent with the beliefs and practices of the faith (addt'l duties)

  1. Develop  monitor and deliver worship services, including Mass
  2. Provide instructional and personal growth opportunities,
  3. Addressing spiritual and emotional needs through pastoral counseling,

To apply or for more information, contact:

Dcn. Seigfried Presberry
Director, Office of Prison Ministry
SPresberry@archbalt.org, 410-547-5575
​Steve Anderson
Manager, Human Resources
Sanderson@archbalt.org, 410-547-5513

Deacon Larry Oney Offers a Prayer for Our Nation

Other News

   This issue features:

  • What the appointment of the first African American Cardinal means to me, by Cathy Green-Miner 
  • Remembering African Americans on the road to Sainthood during Black Catholic History month

Mass of Thanksgiving for Cardinal Wilton Gregory

On December 3, 2020, at a 12 noon Mass in St. Ursula Chapel at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington Pastoral Center, archdiocesan employees attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington.

NEXT EPISODE: Sunday, Dec. 6th
​6:00-7:30 PM EST

What’s Our Story? Chptr. 5:
Sustained by Grace
Presenters: Lauren Morton and 
Justin T. White, w
ith Special Guest,

Rev. Desmond Drummer.

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You can use it to pray with the full texts of the Liturgy of the Hours in five languages. Launch the application to see all of the texts of the day, formatted just as they appear in the printed version. 

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​Healthy Mind, Healthy​ Faith: How brain health impacts spiritual health, and vice-versa 

This webinar focused on identifying what brain (mental) health is, its pervasiveness in the Black community and how we can be champions of ​change in our community around this issue. 




Joyful Mysteries:
Annunciation: humility;
Visitation: love of neighbor;
Birth of Jesus: detachment;
Presentation: obedience;
Finding in the Temple: greater commitment 
     & devotion to Jesus

Luminous Mysteries:
Baptism: openness to the Holy Spirit;
Miracle at Cana: Mary’s intercession;
Proclamation of the Kingdom & Repentance: 
     Christian witness & conversion;
Transfiguration: courage to bear the cross;
Institution of the Holy Eucharist: greater love
     for the Holy Eucharist


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. 

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The Executive Director of Communications is primarily responsible for developing, implementing and managing all communications of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate for the position will be expected to fully optimize all communications platforms and channels, as well as cultivate and maintain effective professional relationships with members of the secular and Catholic news media; ensure a robust internal communications program to inform and engage Archdiocesan department heads, priests and members of religious orders, parish leaders, and employees about initiatives and developments as appropriate; amplify through effective storytelling the ministries and impact of the Catholic Church in Baltimore City and throughout the Archdiocese. 


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The Male Viewpoint on Domestic Violence
This webinar explores the role of men of faith in responding to domestic violence. Through an interactive panel discussion with male experts, we explore how to support men exposed to domestic violence, how to support healthy manhood conversations, and ways to build conversations with young men on these topics.

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Most Reverend

Guy Sansaricq

Born in Haiti, Guy A. Sansaricq decided at age 13 that he wanted to become a priest. He attended seminary in the Jeremie Diocese, after which he attended St. Paul’s Pontifical Seminary, where he studied philosophy and theology. In 1960 he was ordained a priest in the cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was assigned by his bishop to serve as chaplain for Haitian immigrants in the Bahamas, then he was given a scholarship to study social sciences at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a master’s degree in 1971. In that same year, he was accepted to serve in the Diocese of Brooklyn and was appointed diocesan coordinator of the Haitian Apostolate, and in 1987 he was selected to head the National Haitian Apostolate. Bishop Sansaricq retired in 2010.

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       The Upper Room Crisis Hotline receives approximately 500 calls per month from throughout the United States and over 30 other countries up to this point. The Upper Room is a ministry in the Catholic tradition that serves and welcomes all callers regardless of their background. The Upper Room Crisis Hotline Ministry operates with all volunteers. This includes: the board of directors, administrators, office personnel and phone counselors. Phone counselors provide compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental spiritual and emotional support to callers to the Hotline. Calls to the Hotline may now be received by phone counselors on their cell phones anywhere in the U.S. and beyond.

       The Ministry is seeking volunteer phone counselors to serve the many callers in need of support that call the Hotline. In order to serve as a phone counselor, the individual must be a Catholic in good standing. While a mental health background is beneficial, it is not necessary. We are seeking individuals with integrity and a compassionate heart for serving others in need. There is no cost for the training program. The training program is conducted over a 7- 8 week period with two sessions per week. Each session is 2 hours long. The next class will begin on October 6, 2020 and end on November 24, 2020. The classes are conducted through Zoom from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays-    Central time. Instructors are highly qualified, credentialed professionals with experience as university professors and years of experience in the fields of mental health, education, and ministry. Those interested in participating in the Upper Room Training Program may contact the Upper Room through our website: www.Catholichotline.org or contact Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director, at 815-727- 4367.

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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.


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The Seed in the Mud
An Inspirational Short Story

Once upon a time there was a seed buried in the mud.

It was in dark blackness. It was cold and wet. It shivered. It was just plain no fun.

It was icky. It was dirty. It was muddy. It was mucky. It was stuck in the mud.

How it got there is a little 3 sentence story.
One nice breezy Fall day, it had fallen on the ground. Read more...

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Insights from Black Catholic women

by C. Vanessa White

​Over the past few weeks, NCR has given space to various Black scholars and writers, as they have reflected on the current societal challenges of pandemic, police shootings and protest while addressing the systemic racism and violence perpetrated on Black bodies. The voice that has been largely missing from this discourse has been the voices of Black Catholic women, whose pain has been magnified as they witness the death of members of their families, the continued abuse of their sisters, and the systemic racism that has been embedded in our nation for more than 400 years. Read more...

The Assumptions of White Privilege and What We Can Do About It

by Bryan N. Massingale

Five Theologians on the Biggest Takeaways from Fratelli Tutti

by C. Vanessa White, Kate Ward, Drew Christiansen, Kevin Ahern, Vincent
J. Miller.