Cardinal Peter Turkson prefect of the 'Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development', shares how Pope Francis related this great feast to his encyclical 'Laudato Si’. Read more...

Dionne Mitchell, 29, stands by Black depictions of the Stations of the Cross and in the stained glass windows Jan. 8 at her church, St. Augustine Church in North Little Rock.

The only Catholic bishop who has consistently written on race matters, Bishop Braxton describes his family's history and his experience as an African American that he brought to his ministry as a Catholic priest and bishop.​

The 31th Annual Meeting  |  October 7th – 9th, 2021  |  University of Notre Dame, IN

When Is It Time to Call Hospice?

By Samira K. Beckwith | AgingCare

Caregivers for loved ones who are seriously ill often wonder, “When is a person ready for hospice?” While the nature and timing of end-of-life care differs for each person, many families are finding that it’s best to inquire about hospice care sooner rather than later.

End-of-life care decisions are often challenging and time-sensitive. Learning about how one can qualify for hospice and the specific services these organizations can provide will help minimize anxiety and confusion surrounding these important choices. Read more...

The USCCB Office of African American Affairs offers many race and intercultural competence resources

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In the heart of New Orleans is Treme, the first black neighborhood in America and the birthplace of Jazz. Treme is the location of Congo Square. It is also the area where Venerable Henriette Delille, foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family, was raised.

The role of this documentary is to shed light on "one story" of the Black Catholic experience. An experience unknown to many in our church. An experience that, although unique, is relatable to the Black Catholic, specifically African American Catholic, experience throughout America. This film hopes to bring out the joy, pain and struggles that are faced in the Black Catholic community, specifically in the Treme area of New Orleans. This film also hopes to share the unique struggle found in youth and young adult ministry within the Black Catholic community. Whether through "America's Original Sin", classism, or 

By Kyra Aurelia Alessandrini | Time
When Dionne Monsanto was pregnant, she decided that she wanted to find a name that means “blessing” for her daughter. Though Monsanto—a Black American—has no specific ties to South Africa, she chose the name Siwe, an adaptation of the Zulu name Busisiwe. Read more...

The Church and the Racial Divide: Reflections of an African

American Catholic Bishop

From America Magazine: The Gloria Purvis Podcast

The Political Categories of 'Right'
​and 'Left' Don't Belong in the Catholic Church

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Cardinal Gregory 'saddened' by divisions in the church

Do you doubt the
Real Presence?

By Michael O’Neill | Our Sunday Visitor

          Earlier this year, atheist biologist Richard Dawkins posted this on his Twitter feed: “Roman Catholics are required to believe that communion wine actually is 

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Diocese of Belleville

“Missa Pro Populo”
Sermon: Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021


ROME — After taking possession of his titular church in Rome — a longstanding tradition meant to symbolize the unity of the pope with his cardinals around the world — Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington said he is "saddened" by the tensions in the U.S. church and sees it part of his job to bolster Pope Francis' ministry. Read more...

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Hurricane Ida Relief 

Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana area pretty hard. Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux is asking for support as his diocese recovers from the destruction that Ida left in her path. Please click on the  letter download the pdf. Donations can be made to Catholic Charities Hurricane Ida Relief,

On Friday, The Colloquy will be:
The Catholic Church & the Racial Divide
​in the United States

Edward K. Braxton, Ph. D., S.T.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Belleville, Illinois

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 these mysteries, we are rewarded by the "fruits" of the mysteries listed below:

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Black Catholic Vocations

Suicide Among Black Girls Is a Mental Health Crisis Hiding in Plain Sight

Are We Fishers of Men or Just Keepers of the Aquarium: 

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Vagabond Missions

By Dr. Ansel Augustine

Pope Francis continues to inspire and challenge us as all people of varying faiths around the world.  He continues to witness to us how we are called to minister to those on the “peripheries” of society.  Those that are many times ignored, unseen, or forgotten by society, and sometimes, even by our Church.  Since starting ministry over 20 years ago at my home parish, St. Peter Claver in New Orleans, I would receive the random call, or even engage in the community conversations, centered around how we as a Church only minister to those that fit a certain “Catholic image,” and tend to judge and ignore those that do not fit into this “image.”  This has always been the work I have done with our Black Catholic communities around the country, specifically with our youth and young adults who continue to try and figure out where they fit into the Church, and our Church trying to figure out where to include them in an authentic way. Read more...

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''Protagonists of Change'', a podcast from UST Houston Campus Ministry, presents an interview with Jim Coleman, actor and lead of St. Luke Production's show, "Tolton: From Slave to Priest." We learn about the fruits of of Fr. Tolton's life and his legacy in the church today. And guess what, both Jim and Fr. Tolton have strong praying mommas!

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Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington leaves in procession after taking possession of his titular Church of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Diocese of Phoenix Black Catholic Vocations Initiative 

The Saturday Event will be:
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An African American Woman in the Adoption Community
By Deidre Parker |
My county has scheduled tours that go through the property owned by the Quakers that would help slaves go through the woods to freedom in the North. While hiking through the woods and going through this sacred place, our guide mentioned Harriet Tubman. History tells us Harriet Tubman was one of the leaders in the Underground Railroad. It was on that land; we learned that not only did she contribute towards the Underground Railroad, she was also an adoptive mother. Read more...

Prayer to St. Michael

by St. Leo XIII

"Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen."



Howard University - Part Time Assistant to Campus Ministry

Position Summary
The mission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is to spread the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.  In the faithful pursuit of this mission, the Archdiocese is seeking a part-time Assistant to the Campus Minister for the Chaplain of Howard University in the Office of Catholic Campus Ministry.  The Assistant to the Campus Minister is responsible for working with the Catholic Chaplain of Howard University to assist with events and programs, including Masses, build relationships, perform office-related functions, and keep the Office of Catholic Campus Ministry informed. The ability to multi-task, focus on detail, and professionally communicate with various internal and external constituents is essential.



Dear Sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ:

Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”  Peter said to Him in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”

 Who do you say that Jesus is?  While visiting the town of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who are people saying that I am?” They said, some think you are John the Baptist, raised from the dead, or Elijah, announcing the end of the world, or one of the prophets.  Then Jesus looked them in the eye and asked, “But, who do YOU say that I AM?” Simon Peter, who would later deny that he knew Jesus...  Read more... 

BALTIMORE (AP) — The first new Catholic school built in Baltimore in roughly 60 years opened its doors Monday to hundreds of youngsters, who entered the gleaming new building with a mix of enthusiasm and first-day-back jitters. Read more...

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literally the blood of Christ, and the wafer literally is his body[...]. That way madness lies. At very least it’s a pernicious abuse of language.” Read more...

Caregiver Stress


A caregiver is someone who gives basic care to a person who has a chronic medical condition. A chronic condition is an illness that lasts for a long time or doesn’t go away. Some examples of chronic conditions include:

  • cancer
  • aftereffects of stroke
  • multiple sclerosis
  • arthritis​

The caregiver helps the person with many tasks. These include shopping, preparing and eating food, cleaning, taking medicine, bathing, and dressing. Caregivers also provide companionship and emotional support.  Read more...

Dear Black People:
Adoption is a Great Option

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. | NNPA Newswire 

Have you considered becoming a priest or religious sister or brother?

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Black Catholics on the Road to Sainthood
Edited by Michael R. Heinlein;
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Bishop Roy Campbell, NBCC President,

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various other social ills; we are witnessing this unique expression of our Catholic faith disappearing before our eyes. Through the eyes of Dr. Ansel Augustine, the Psalm 119 Step Team, Ms. Pearl Dupart, and Deacon Allen Stevens; we see how this experience of Black Catholicism is a "gift to the church."

New Episode of JSerra Podcast: Fr. Claude Williams

Opinions from Americans vary widely on the subject of Black History Month. Some Black Americans themselves think it does an injustice to their place in our nation's history; others see it as a necessary means for giving adequate honor to their invaluable and often unrecognized contributions. What should Catholic schools do? In this podcast, Fr. Claude Williams shares his view on a topic of increasing tension within our culture. Tune in and hear about how he as a life-long Catholic, long-time educator, and a dedicated follower of Christ addresses this and other matters that touch on the delicate and often contentious issue of race and racial reconciliation.  Read article...

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Is Tolton Coming To Your Community?

‘Tolton: From Slave to Priest’ has started touring again after over a year of pandemic downtime.

Mass of Thanksgiving
Sermon: Friday, September 10, 2021


Dear Sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ:

What is the shape of the Church to come?

 When I was very young, I never wanted to be a Priest. I always thought I would become a physician, an attorney, or even, an actor, and marry Beverly Anne Ponton, with whom I thought I was in love in  7th grade. It is by a strange fate and a stranger fortune that I am  Priest today. When my Mother Dear, Evelyn and my beloved father, Cullen,  devout Baptists, expressed an interest in sending their children to Catholic schools, because of their reputation for excellence, they were warned that, because of the racial divide in the Church, they should never consider becoming Catholics. Nevertheless, they sent us to Catholic schools and later became Catholics. Read more...

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Joyful Mysteries:
Annunciation: humility;
Visitation: love of neighbor;
Birth of Jesus: detachment;
Presentation: obedience;
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 and conversion;

Transfiguration: courage to
​bear the cross
Institution of the Holy Eucharist: 

greater love for the Eucharist.

Left to right: Harriet Tubman; Gertie Davis (adopted daughter); Nelson Davis (husband). Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

First New Catholic School In Nearly 60 Years Opens For Students In Baltimore Monday



St. Cecilia and Immaculate Conception Churches are seeking to hire a part-time Administrative Assistant in the church office. The hours are 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Monday – Thursday and 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Friday. The Assistant will report to the Pastor and work alongside office volunteers.

Adoption Resources

1. The National Council For Adoption
2. Adoptive Families
3. The Center For Parent Information & Resources
5. Creating A Family

6. Lifetime Adoption

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What can the foster father of Christ teach us about the care for our common home and our neighbors? 

Father Claude Williams, O.Praem., is a native of New Orleans. After attending Catholic schools from kindergarten through his sophomore year in college, he joined the Norbertine order and was ordained a 



Saint Joseph Church-Upper Marlboro, MD 

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Please submit all resumes via email to or mail them to St. Cecilia Church 3300 Clifton Ave Baltimore, MD 21216.


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Adoption is a great option for all families, especially African-American families who typically “take in” children as a regular practice. The informal practice of “adopting” children began in the United States when black families were often destroyed by the system and practice of slavery. Slaves were sold and traded, so families were broken up, leaving children behind in need of care.  Read more...

Gabriel Network is seeking an Executive Director (ED) with a commitment to the sanctity of human life, proven executive leadership experience, and competencies in non-profit management and operations.

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The following test was developed by Psychologists Lyle H. Miller and Alma Dell Smith at Boston University Medical Center.  Score each item as follows:

(1) Always; (2) Most of the time; (3) Sometimes; (4) Rarely; (5) Never

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Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Bishop Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith.  Read more...

2021 GIVEN Forum:

Gloria Purvis - A Pilgrimage into the Feminine


Gloria Purvis gives

a keynote address

at the 2021 GIVEN

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'Adoration is essentially an embrace with Jesus in which I say to him: "I am yours, and I ask you, please stay with me always." '

-- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


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By Rev. Kinglsey Ogbuji, SSJ

"I Leave My Life in Your Hands"
In this video, His Excellency, Bishop Joseph N. Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago speaks of the need for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

“Do Whatever He Tells You”

Father Augustus Tolton Vocation Action Circle

is to encourage our African American Community to pray for priestly vocations. Here’s how it works:

  • Make a list of names of Black men and pray daily through the intercession of Fr. Augustus Tolton that they may be granted the grace of a priestly vocation.
  • Participate in a monthly Mass offered for an increase of priestly vocations from the African American Community.
  • Pray daily for Black seminarians through the intercession of Fr. Augustus Tolton. A list of Black seminarians will be sent to you upon registration in the Fr. Augustus Tolton Vocation Action Circle.
  • Write Black seminarians at least at Christmas and Easter to encourage them in their vocation to the priesthood.
  • Support financially Black seminarians in need of help through the Fr. Augustus Tolton Vocation Action Circle.
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Young, Catholic & Black: ‘There is a place for people like me’
Young adults find that race still an issue in Church and more listening required


Dionne Mitchell was born and raised Catholic, attending St. Augustine Church in North Little Rock, one of three historically Black Catholic churches in Arkansas. As a 29-year-old, she has her pick of churches in Central Arkansas, but has always sought out a predominantly Black congregation. 

“I wanted to be around people that look like me,” she said. “... I didn’t feel excluded (in other parishes). I just always thought it was weird seeing white Jesus in a church.”   Read more...

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Pray The Lord Of The Harvest To Send
Laborers Into His Harvest…

We want to witness to young people that vocations are possible for Black people in the Catholic Church. 
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Sister Donna Banfield, a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament, “raises the expectations” at Notre Dame Academy in Savannah,   Georgia, where she currently serves as principal:”

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The Julia Greeley Guild publishes an informational newsletter, “The Lil’ Red Wagon.”

His Excellency, The Most Reverend

Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Bishop Edward K. Braxton was born on June 28, 1944 in Chicago, Ill., the third of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Cullen L. Braxton Sr. Read more...

The St. Augustine Window

By Rev. Giles Conwill


I visited my hometown of Louisville KY this past week, the first road trip in over a year out of Atlanta. I was able to see St. Augustine Church where my grandparents and parents were married and my five siblings and I were baptized.  My late brother, Houston, who was a truly gifted artist with permanent installations all over  in such cities as New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, et al, designed this 7-ft. stained glass window of St. Augustine at this Louisville church bearing his name. I took this attached photo. Read more...

Catholic priest in 2009. Fr. Claude has spent most of his priesthood in Catholic education, as a classroom teacher, Vice Dean for Students, and now as  Rector of Saints Peter and Paul School in Wilmington, California. In his parish work, Father ministers to Italian, Spanish, African American, and Latin Mass communities. In addition to school ministry during the week, he provides weekend sacramental assistance to Transfiguration Church in Los Angeles. Father held the honor of being Chairperson of Liturgy for the 2017 National Black Catholic Congress. For leisure, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his Norbertine community.

Prayer for 2022 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Holy Spirit, stir within us the passion to promote vocations to the consecrated life, societies of apostolic life, diocesan priesthood, and permanent diaconate.   

Inspire us daily to respond to Your call with boundless compassion, abundant generosity, and radical availability.

Help us to remember our own baptismal call to rouse us to invite the next generation to hear and respond to Your call.

Inspire parents, families, and lay ecclesial ministers to begin a conversation with young Catholics to consider how they will live lives of holiness and sacred service.

Nudge inquirers and motivate discerners to learn more about monastic life, apostolic life, missionaries, cloistered contemplative life, and evangelical Franciscan life.

Ignite our Church with the confident humility that there is an urgent need for religious sisters, brothers, deacons, and priests to live in solidarity with those who are poor, neglected, and marginalized.

Disrupt our comfortable lives and complacent attitudes with new ideas to respond courageously and creatively with a daily 'YES!'  Amen.

Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

Rising to Sainthood

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Click here to read biographies of the Holy Men and Women Rising to Sainthood. Click button under portraits to learn more about each Cause for Canonization.


The five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention.


How – Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way. Asking in this direct, unbiased manner, can open the door for effective dialogue about their emotional pain and can allow everyone involved to see what next steps need to be taken. Other questions you can ask include, “How do you hurt?” and “How can I help?” Do not ever promise to keep their thoughts of suicide a secret. Read more...

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‘I’m not a conservative. I’m not a liberal. I’m just Catholic.’

by Christopher White

National Catholic Reporter 

The Thursday night Public Lecture will be:

#BlackLivesMatter as Public Theology
Time: Thu Oct 7, 2021, 7:00PM - 8:00PM    Location: McKenna Hall Conference Center
M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D.  |  Professor Emerita of Theology, Boston College

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 

Notre Dame to Host 31st Annual Black Catholic Theological Symposium
The symposium, which is co-sponsored by

the Department of Africana Studies and the

Department of Theology at Notre Dame,

will also include two days of private meetings

for BCTS members to share working papers,

and a listening session to hear about the

experiences of local Black Catholics in

Notre Dame.


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