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The 4th National Gathering

of Black Catholic Women
sponsored by
the National Black Sisters’ Conference
will take place July 27 -29, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

NBSC invites and encourages Black Catholic Women eighteen years of age and older to attend this significant gathering.

We will celebrate our giftedness as women; our racial and cultural heritage as Black women and our steadfast fidelity as Black Catholic women.  This gathering is intended to uplift and strengthen the leadership dimensions of Black Catholic
Women as witnessed at the National Black
Catholic Congress XII.

New Orleans Downtown Marriott

at the Convention Center
859 Convention Center Boulevard

New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

For more information please contact the
National Black Sisters’ Conference Office
at 202-635-2741 or visit our web site

We Have Been Called: Wisdom From Black Catholic History
Webinar presented by​
​Paula Manchester

Update on Black Catholic Saints-to-be


Tuesday, June 19 through Saturday, June 23 

Archbishop James P. Lyke Conference

​SAVE THE DATE. Archbishop James P. Lyke Conference June 19-23, 2018. Rivers Institute: June 19-20. New Orleans, LA - Xavier University.

WALK TOGETHER CHILDREN - Celebrating Black Catholic Leadership.
Fore more information:

Saturday, June 30th, 10:00am - 3:30pm

The Suffering Servants of Faith
Cardinal Keeler Center, 4800 Union Deposit Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Join us for a time of prayer, catechesis and inspiration. The lives of the six candidates for sainthood are used to connect with our past and the relevant concerns of our world today. All are welcomed!
No registration fee 
RSVP: or (717) 657-4804 ext. 313
Presented by the diocesan Office of Multicultural Ministries with the Black Catholic Apostolate of the Diocese of Harrisburg


Saturday, July 21st, 7:00am - 5:30pm

Black Catholic Evangelization Conference
Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 232 Chapel St, Norfolk, VA 23504 - CDR - Catholic Diocese of Richmond
One day evangelization conference that includes meaningful, inspiring and encouraging workshops by some awesome presenters!  Cost: $50 general; $25 55+; clergy/religious free. Limited discounted rooms available at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside, $60/night double; $80/night, single. Reservations are made at the time of registering for this event. Register:

Servant of God, Fr. Augustus Tolton

Augustus was born to two slaves, Peter Paul Tolton and his wife Martha Jane, on April 1, 1854. With the outbreak of the War between the States, Peter Paul hoped to gain freedom for his family and escaped to the North where he served in the Union Army, and was one of the 180,000 blacks who were killed in the war. His widow decided that she would see her husband’s quest for freedom realized in his children. After managing a crossing of the Mississippi River she made her way to Illinois and settled in the small town of Quincy.  When her children attempted to attend Catholic school, parents of the other school children were not happy, so to avoid a messy situation, the School Sisters of Notre Dame decided to tutor the Tolton children privately. Read more...

Watch the video about the path to sainthood of Julia Greeley, the Angel of Charity.

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The only photograph of Julia Greeley known to exist shows her holding a child. (Courtesy of Julia Greeley Guild)

Venerable Henriette Delille

Born in 1812 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Delille was a free woman of color. At 24 years of age, she experienced a religious conversion, and proclaimed: "I believe in God. I hope in God. I love. I want to live and die for God."

In 1836, Henriette drew up the rules and regulations for devout Christian women, which eventually became the Society of the Holy Family, responding to the need for treatment of the enslaved, elderly and sick, and care and education for the poor. They took into their home elderly women who needed more than visitation, and thereby opened America's first Catholic home for the elderly of its kind, as recorded in the National Register. Read more...

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June 24, 2018 is the Feast Day of
St. John the Baptist

​A cousin of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist was known for evangelization and his baptizing of Jesus Christ.  John was born through the intercession of God to Zachariah and Elizabeth, who was otherwise too old to bear children. According to scriptures, the Angel Gabriel visited Elizabeth and Zachariah to tell them they would have a son and that they should name him John. Zachariah was skeptical and for this he was rendered mute until the time his son was born and named John, in fulfillment of God's will.  When Elizabeth was pregnant with John, she was visited by Mary, and John leapt in her womb. This revealed to Elizabeth that the child Mary carried was to be the Son of God.  John began public ministry around 30 AD, and was known for attracting large crowds across the province of Judaea and around the Jordan River.  Read more...

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On the streets of post-Civil War Denver, Julia Greeley was unmistakable as she stood at doorsteps of poor families in the middle of the night, pulling a red wagon behind her and wearing a floppy black hat. Because the former slave lost an eye as a child when she was whipped by a slave master in Hannibal, Mo., some people in Denver knew her as one-eyed Julia. But most called her an angel of charity. Read more...

National Memorial and Legacy Museum Heralded as Important New Institutions

May 25, 2018
[The National Memorial for
​Peace and Justice]

Local, national, and interna-

tional media are describing

the National Memorial for
Peace and Justice and the

Legacy Museum, which

opened last week, as powerful

spaces for truthfully con-

fronting American history. 

The Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University Announces its Summer 2018 Schedule of Courses

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Former slave, on possible path to sainthood, to
be entombed in Denver cathedral

by Meagan Flynn  |  June 4

Venerable Pierre Toussaint

Pierre was born in Haiti and brought to New York City as a slave, where he died a free man. 

Bérard, the plantation owner and Pierre's master, allowed Pierre's grandmother to teach her grandson how to read and write. In his early 20s, Pierre, his younger sister, his aunt, and two other house slaves accompanied their master’s son to New York City because of political unrest at home. Apprenticed to a local hairdresser, Pierre learned the trade quickly and eventually worked in the homes of rich women in New York City. Read more...

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Servant of God, Mother Mary Lange

Elizabeth Lange was born in around 1794 in Santiago de Cuba, where she lived in a primarily French speaking community. She received an excellent education and in the early 1800s Elizabeth left Cuba and settled in the United States, settling in Baltimore as a courageous, loving, and deeply spiritual woman. There was no free public education for African American children in Maryland until 1868, so she responded to that need by opening a school in her home in the Fells Point area of the city for the children.  Providence intervened through the person of Reverend James Hector Joubert, SS, who was encouraged by James Whitfield, Archbishop of Baltimore, and presented Elizabeth Lange with the idea to found a religious congregation for the education of African American girls. Read more...