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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.”

​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

 Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley

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Congress XII

Day of Reflection

Rooted in Our Faith: Preparing for Congress XII
The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress will be held in Orlando, Florida from Thursday, July 6, 2017 to Sunday, July 9, 2017. The theme for this Congress is, “The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God.” Although this date may seem far in the future, we can utilize the days, weeks and months ahead to properly prepare ourselves for Congress XII. Activities for Congress will embrace: Spiritual Growth, Historical Awareness, Social Justice Issues, Human Life and Human Dignity 
topics, Marriage and Family Life Connections, Youth and Young Adults Engagement.

To help you implement the Day of Reflection, we have provided links to those documents at right if there are others interested in presenting to their parish communities. For more information, please contact the NBCC office at 410-547-8496 or email

 Fr. Maurice Emelu

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​​​NBCC Hotel Room Rate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$138.50

 Per room per day, includes taxes & fees, Single/Double/Triple/Quad

  Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson

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.​ Early Registration Cut-Off Date is April 7, 2017.

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is a historian of the United States and the black Catholic diaspora. She teaches courses in U.S., African-American, women’s, religious, and civil rights history. In addition, Dr. Williams is the author of a book entitled, “Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America.” Her groundbreaking study chronicles the epic journey of black Catholic sisters in the United States from their fiercely contested beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present day. It also unearths the largely hidden history of black sisters in the fight to dismantle racial and gender barriers in the U.S. Church and wider American society.

Previously, Dr. Williams was the  postdoctoral fellow in African-American studies at Case Western Reserve University, a lecturer in history department at Southern Illinois University, where she was named “Professor of the Year,” by the Black Affairs Council and the Black Graduate Student Association. In 2015, Dr. Williams (with Dr. Brandon Winford) established the Fleming-Morrow Endowment in African-American History. 

  Mr. Bryan Stevenson

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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.

 Dr. Shannen Dee Williams

Join bishops, priests, and your fellow Catholic lay men and women as we listen to dynamic speakers and presenters, and explore strategies for deepening our faith and evangelizing our brothers and sisters who do not belong to our fold. There will be workshops, and opportunities for individual prayer and sharing your faith with others from all parts of the country.

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.

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.

 Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley

Congress topics may include: 

  • ​Catholic Family Life
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Domestic Violence
  • Evangelization
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Life/Human Dignity

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

  • Mental Health
  • Poverty, Racism
  • Theology of the Body
  • Violence
  • ​Vocations
  • Youth and Young Adult Track

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; 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.

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 mean-
ingful ways as people dedicated to the Gospel.  “Our
concern for social justice, moreover, goes beyond de-
nouncing injustice in the world around us.  It brings
us to the examination of our own hearts and inten-
tions.” (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

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

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 Bishop Joseph N. Perry

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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.