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. 

The Edmundite

Graduate Fellows Program for African American Scholars

​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.

For more information contact: Margaret Bass, PhD, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion

Pope Francis reflected on a "truly surprising fact" recounted in the Gospel of St. Matthew, noting what Our Lord did when a crisis arose. Read more...

When it seems evil prevails, stop and PRAISE: Francis explains Jesus' paradoxical lesson

By Kathleen N. Hattrup | Aleteia

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

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


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2020 in Review: In year of racial reckoning, Catholics joined protests, prayers

By Carol Zimmermann | Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — This year, as tens of thousands of people nationwide protested racial injustices, Catholics similarly took to the streets and also joined in prayer services and discussions speaking out against inequalities and seeking a path forward. Read more...

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Proverbs 16:24

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


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Position Summary:
The Director of Mission Engagement & Strategic Initiatives in the Office for Mission & Ministry will grow opportunities for collaboration and formation, especially in the area of Catholic Social Thought; serve as editor of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought; and support programming in the service of partnerships across the University and outreach to the local church, while implementing the Office for Mission & Ministry’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, especially with regard to Black Catholicism.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in theology, philosophy, or sociology, with knowledge and publications in Catholic Social Thought.
  • 5 years minimum experience in similar professional role.


Choctaw chief Greenwood LeFlore had 15,000 acres of Mississippi land (above, his Mississippi home Malmaison) and 400 enslaved Africans under his dominion. 

(Library of Congress)

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...

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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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St. Josephine Bakhita is the Patron Saint of Human Trafficking Victims

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Jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959) continues to fascinate. Her life and work — the way she moved through the world — embodied myriad contradictions. 

The outlines of her story are well known. Born in Philadelphia to an absent father, shuttled off first to relatives in Baltimore, then to Harlem and a mother who ran a “good-time” house. Read more... 

With sorrow, the NBCC acknowledges the passing of Mrs. Jacqueline E. Wilson

A founding NBCC Board Member and a former Director of the Office of Black Catholics for the Archdiocese of Washington, Jackie led many organizations dedicated to serving Black Catholics in the United States.

The Archdiocese of Washington Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach will be leading a special tribute to Mrs. Jackie Wilson during a Virtual MLK Mass on Saturday, January 16th at 5pm EST. View the livestream event by clicking here.





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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

   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

Sometimes, says Fr. Jim Blount, there are spiritual realities at work that may be blocking us. Blount is an exorcist, devoted to a ministry of healing and deliverance. Read more...

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  (SAMHSA) Treatment Referral Helpline: 

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If you’re experiencing a crisis and need to chat, please text TRIBE to 741741 in the US to chat with someone at the Crisis Text Line.

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Boys Town ​National Hotline, a 24/7 crisis and referral for children and families:

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How Billie Holiday’s religious childhood shaped her haunting legacy

By Heather King | The Crux

The Upper Room Crisis Hotline    
Training Program for Phone Counselors 

Josephine Margaret Bakhita, F.D.C.C., was a Sudanese Italian Canossian religious sister who lived in Italy for 45 years, after having been a  slave  in Sudan. In 2000 she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

She was born c. 1869 in Darfur (now in western Sudan) in the village of Olgossa of the Daju people. She was surrounded by a loving family.

​When she was 7–8 years old, she was seized by Arab slave traders, and was forced to walk barefoot about 600 miles to El-Obeid and was sold and bought twice before she arrived there. Read more...

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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.

OCTOBER 28, 2020 | 4:00-5:30 PM EDT

​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. 

National Prayer Vigil for Life

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Prayer Vigil for Life will be closed to the public but will still be televised by EWTN so millions can participate remotely. Please see the 2021 Vigil schedule and visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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

       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 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 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: or contact Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director, at 815-727- 4367.

Other News

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...

Visit the NBCC Prayer Wall to see daily inspirational messages, ask for prayer, and pray for others. Click here.

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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. 

An exorcist teaches 4 steps to forgive

By Bret Thoman, OFS | Aleteia

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Portraits of the Black Catholic Men and Women

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Most Reverend

Shelton Fabre, V.G.

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At 20-years-old, Harvard junior Amanda Gorman is called "the next great figure of poetry in the U.S." In 2017 she made history by becoming the first ever Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America. Read more...

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...

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

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Promoting the African American Candidates for Sainthood

Born on October 25, 1963 in New Roads, Louisiana, Bishop Fabre is the fifth of six children, and he was ordained a priest on Saturday, August 5, 1989 by Bishop Stanley J. Ott at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, LA. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2006 and he was later ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans, and he was installed Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales, Houma, LA, October 30, 2013.
Bishop Fabre has an MA in Religious Studies from the Katholiek Universiteit te Leuven in Louvain, Belgium and a BA in Religious Studies from the Katholiek Universiteit te Leuven in Louvain, Belgium and a BA in History from St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, LA.


School of Theology and Ministry

Agent of Transformation Awards

As the School of Theology and Ministry, we seek to form faith-filled leaders committed to transformation in our Church and world. This new series of scholarships – the Agent of Transformation Awards – is geared toward applicants committed to God’s vision for justice in each of the following areas. Though certainly not exhaustive, the following awards and fellowships celebrate the myriad of ways that students work creatively toward a more just and inclusive Church and world. These awards will cover between 50% - 100% of the recipient's tuition costs.

Lift Every Voice Fellowship

"What does it mean to be Black in the Church in society?” In 1989, Sr. Thea Bowman gave a moving speech to the USCCB and raised this important question. She goes on, “It means that I come to my Church fully functioning...I bring myself; my black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become." This fellowship recognizes the need for transformative ministry and amplified voices in pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation – working to heal the sins of our Church and nation. Candidates for this fellowship should demonstrate a commitment to the work of anti-racism and show potential for critical thinking and advocacy around the intersection of theology and race. Read more...

In addition to a scholarship award, students awarded this fellowship have the opportunity to participate in an externship with the Archdiocesan Social Justice Ministry office (pending interview with supervisor to ensure mutual fit).

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​A Prayer for Our Nation

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
     and conversion
Transfiguration: courage to bear
     the cross
Institution of the Holy Eucharist: 

     greater love for the Eucharist.

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Billie Holiday at the Downbeat Jazz Club in New York City, 1947. (Wikimedia Commons)






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. 

The Miracle of Morning

by Youth Poet Laureate

Amanda Gorman

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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...

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.

2021 Josephite African American History and Educational Calendar

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January Respect Life Events

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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, 410-547-5575
​Steve Anderson
Manager, Human Resources, 410-547-5513

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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

9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. 

How Native American Slaveholders Complicate the Trail of Tears Narrative
The new exhibition ‘Americans’ at the National Museum of the American Indian prompts a deeper dive for historic truths

When you think of the Trail of Tears, you likely imagine a long procession of suffering Cherokee Indians forced westward by a villainous Andrew Jackson. Perhaps you envision unscrupulous white slaveholders, whose interest in growing a plantation economy underlay the decision to expel the Cherokee, flooding in to take their place east of the Mississippi River. Read more...

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