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Joseph N. Perry was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 24, 1975. From the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, Bishop Perry was a priest within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, serving first as associate pastor of St. Nicholas Parish followed by an assignment (1976) within the tribunal department of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, becoming Chief Judicial Officer of the Tribunal from 1983 until 1995. Bishop Perry then was assigned pastor of All Saints Church in Milwaukee in 1995 until his ordination as a bishop June 1998. Bishop Perry was a professor of canon law at the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin 1981-1995. Since 1996 he was an instructor in canon law at both the Marquette University Law School and since 1997 at Mundelein Seminary.Mundelein, Illinois. Perry was given the titular diocese of Lead on May 5, 1998.[1] After his consecration as a bishop on June 29, 1998, Bishop Perry was appointed the episcopal vicar for Vicariate VI of the Archdiocese of Chicago} serving Cardinal Francis George, OMI the Archbishop of Chicago.

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Congress XII

"​The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God"

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Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley is a national speaker, author and clinician that has provided consultation and training to government and non-profit programs around the country and within local communities. 
Dr. Bent-Goodley serves as Professor and Director of the Ph.D. Program at Howard University School of Social Work. She has developed academic and student support programs in her 18-year tenure at Howard working to support the intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of undergraduate, graduate and professional students. She is the Founding Director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program, Office of the Provost, dedicated to providing prevention education, advocacy, intervention, policy development, coordination and bystander education in the areas of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Dr. Bent- Goodley is a researcher with sustained funding conducting community and faith-based research on strengthening Black families and communities through conversations on healthy relationships, healthy masculinity, domestic and sexual violence prevention, and breaking the chains of mental health stigma. 

​Dr. Bent-Goodley also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Social Work, the flagship journal of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She is an author/editor of four books in the areas of marriage, policy, and domestic violence. Believing in the importance of service, Dr. Bent- Goodley has received numerous county, state, and national awards for her scholarly achievement, mentoring of young people, and commitment to service.

  Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson

Congress topics may include: 

  • ​Catholic Family Life
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Domestic Violence
  • Evangelization

Plus many others. Check the NBCC website frequently as we continue to update information.

  • Theology of the Body
  • Violence
  • ​Vocations
  • Youth and Young Adult Track

  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Life/Human Dignity​
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty, Racism


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 Ms. Paula Manchester

Edward Kenneth Braxton has served as Bishop of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois since 2005. He is a member of USCCB's Committees on Education, Science and Human Values, and also of the committee on Scripture Translation. He serves as the convenor of the African American Catholic Bishops. He earne his MA and S.T.L. from ​St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois and a Ph.D in Religious Studies and S.T.D. in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Braxton, a native of Chicago, has long been involved in interracial and intercultural dialogue. The Bishop has issued an original letter and an updated letter that examines key elements contributing to the racial divide in the United States and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement from the perspective of the Catholic Church. He explores the concepts of the “all lives matter” vs. “Black lives matter” debate, the negative impact of “minority,” ”minority group” language, conflicts over issues of morality, and the impact Catholic social doctrine and the Good News of Jesus Christ should have on the racial divide.

The Bishop's writings have appeared in the Harvard Theological ReviewTheological StudiesIrish Theological Quarterly, The New Catholic Encyclopedia, Origins, Commonweal, America, The National Catholic Reporter, and other journals.

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Registration includes admission to all General Sessions at the four-day conference, including inspirational messages from much sought-after speakers; workshops and activities presented by leading experts in their fields of study; the opportunity to interact with bishops, priests, deacons, and members of religious communities; the opportunity to network with Black Catholics from across the United States; complimentary daily continental breakfast; lunch provided on Friday; receptions on Thursday and Friday evenings; exhibits and merchandise geared to the interests of NBCC constituents; daily Eucharistic Liturgy, including transportation to the beautiful Basilica of the Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe for Mass on opening day; and, accommodations steps away from world-class attractions and entertainment.

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Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.  Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief or release for over 115 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.  Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge the legacy of racial inequality in America, including major projects to educate communities about slavery, lynching and racial segregation.

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The focus of Congress XII on justice, love and walking humbly with God, challenges us to be true
evangelizers.  We are called to acknowledge the modern world’s rejection of human beings, and we are
encouraged to speak out in meaningful ways as people dedicated to the Gospel.  “Our concern for social
justice, moreover, goes beyond denouncing injustice in the world around us.  It brings us to the examina-
tion of our own hearts and intentions.” (What We Have Seen and Heard, p. 33).  Let us pay close attention
to those in need, let us respond with love and then, perhaps, we can walk humbly with our God. The spirit
of the Lord is Upon Me: act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God.” If we truly value our
Catholicity, what will we do? How will we respond to this modern world ​around us? It is clear that we must do
something.  Where do we begin as we create leadership positions in our Church for youth and young adults that allow true
collaboration that honors the wisdom of current Church leaders?  How do we also galvanize our people to communicate between parishes ‑ to break down all that separates us as Black Catholics so that every person can be loved as God intended?  This should be our goal as we prepare for Congress XII ‑ to generate ideas that encourage creativity, freedom and innovation ‑ all aimed toward inspiring us to act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with our God.  

                                                                                                                                      -Taken from the Day of Reflection document: Preparation for Congress XII

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We will firmly enforce our stated policy that Youth Track attendees be between the ages of 14 to 17. Younger children will not be issued badges and will not be permitted in the youth program areas. Badges must be worn to access all Congress XII sites, including the Gospel Concert and transportation to the opening mass at the Basilica of Mary, Queen of the Universe. This mass is open to the public; therefore, unbadged individuals may attend if they provide their own transportation to and from the Basilica.

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 Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley

Congress XII will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. The hotel is located a short distance from the Disney theme parks, Sea World, Universal Studios, and other great attractions.​ Registrations will not be taken after June 14, 2017..

Paula Manchester describes herself as a “lay leader on a mission to inspire love of neighbor”.  Paula is a parishioner at St. Raymond of Penafort parish in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.   A native of Chicago, Paula holds a masters’ degree in Theology and is an adjunct professor in the School of Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine.  She is a proud graduate of the Ministry to African American Catholics (MAAC ) program.  She holds a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a BA from Stanford, and is currently working towards a Masters in Philosophy degree.  During the day, Paula works in healthcare; on the weekends she enjoys reading and fitness activities.  Her husband, Eric, is a philosophy professor at Saint Charles Borromeo seminary and their son, David, is a recent MBA graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University
​in San Diego.

 Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley

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A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Tonya Dorsey is an immensely
talented composer who loves helping others. Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Philadelphia, Tonya first demonstrated her talent at the age of eight when her mother noticed her arranging hymns at the piano. As a child, Tonya studied piano under the tutelage of the late Charlotte T. Bell and Vernon Lathan of Settlement Music School. She also studied piano pedagogy at Michigan State University’s College of Music under Debra Moriarty.

An accomplished pianist and choir director, Tonya has directed the acclaimed Hope Singers of Philadelphia and is credited with creating all of the music for their debut CD recording. She was the guest conductor of the annual St. Martin de Porres Mass held at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Tonya was also guest conductor of the Women’s Symposium Choir, an event sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and held at the Historic St. Peter Claver Center for Evangelization. She has served as guest conductor to New Spirit Presbyterian Church, and has directed the choirs of Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, and Trinity A.M.E. Church, all located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Tonya was honored to be a featured composer at Juilliard in New York City where her piece, “Everybody Needs Someone” was performed by famed Juilliard alumni Peter Dugan. Then on Christmas Eve 2012,”God’s Angel” a song written by Tonya was featured on the front page of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 Most Reverend  Joseph N. Perry

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Father Maurice Emelu is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria, and the Founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, Inc., a global ministry for New Evangelisation and works of charity. He is a lecturer of leadership and managerial skills (graduate program) in non-profit administration at John Carroll University, USA. An author of three books, Father Maurice is a theologian who provides a robust cross-cultural Catholic evangelisation programs through the New Media. He is a consultant for Pax Press Agency Geneva, which reports the Holy See’s participation at the United Nation’s Office in Geneva. Fr. Emelu is sought after, internationally, for his dynamic and inspiring talks that have encouraged and helped many people, from all walks of life, discover or rediscover the revitalizing and healing power of God’s grace for every moment of their life. He has preached or given talks to large audiences in over 40 cities in North America and several cities in the continent of Africa and Europe. His numerous works appear on television networks such as EWTN and KNXT, and Immaculate Heart Radio, USA. As he likes to describe himself: “I am an African priest passionately in love with Christ and his Church.”

 Fr. Maurice Emelu

Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson is President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Born on October 11, 1948 in Nsuta-Wassaw, Ghana, Turkson attended St. Teresa’s Seminary in Amisano and St. Peter’s Regional Seminary in Pedu, and was ordained on July 20, 1975 for the Archdiocese of Cape Coast.

Turkson holds a license in Sacred Scripture and completed his doctorate. He also obtained master degrees in Theology and Divinity and has served in the capacity of Acting Chaplain and Lecturer, Visiting Lecturer, and was appointed a Chancellor of the Catholic University College in Ghana in 2003. In 1992, Turkson became Archbishop of Cape Coast, and received Episcopal Ordination.

Other titles held by Cardinal Turkson include: president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, member of the Governing Council of the University of Ghana, Legon and of the Board of Directors of Central Reguion Development Commission, treasurer of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar, president of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa, and currently is the Vice President of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa. He served as Chairman of the Ghana Chapter of the Conference of Religions for Peace and the Ghana National Peace Council.

Confirmed President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace by Pope Francis in 2013, he was elevated to Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II.


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