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Adult Early Meeting Registration . . . . . . . . $350.00
Adult Meeting Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$375.00

Youth Group Discount Registration . . . . . . $195.00
            (Ages 14-17, groups of 15 or more youths)
Early Youth Meeting Registration . . . . . . . . $225.00

(Ages 14-17, individual registrations or groups of 14 or less)

Youth Meeting Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$250.00

 Early Registration Cut-Off Date is April 7, 2017

Million Man March

February is Black History Month

Selma to Montgomery March

During the less than 13 years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. Martin Luther King, Jr. used the power of words and acts of nonviolent resistance, such as protests, grassroots organizing, and civil disobedience to achieve seemingly-impossible goals. He went on to lead similar campaigns, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family. Source Source2

Calendar of Events

February 2017


Trusting in the Lord in Times of Uncertaint:
A Celebration of Deacons of African Descent

 Join the Deacons of African Descent in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 4PM for Praise and Worship. Hosteb by St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4600 Reed Rd, Houston, TX 77051, the theme for the gathering is “Trusting in the Lord in Times of Uncertainty”!
The Racial Divide in the USA:
The Black Lives Matter Movement

Catholic Theological Union invites Bishop Edward Braxton, Belleville Diocese as guest. Save the Date!
To be held at the Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615.

March 2017

WWW: Well Women Witness
“In Times Like These We Need the Savior!”
Incarnation Catholic Church
880 Eastern Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019
Speaker ~ Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin
8:00AM to 5:00PM, Closing Mass @ 4:00PM
For registration online:
For information: (202) 396-0942
Tickets: $60, Breakfast & Lunch Included

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He previously served in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008, and in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004. In 2008, Obama was nominated for president and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, He became president-elect after defeating Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated on January 20. Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. During his first two years in office, Obama signed major reforms like the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare". He is credited with the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, and continued the process of ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. After winning re-election over Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013. Following the invasion in Ukraine, he initiated the sanctions against Russia, brokered a nuclear deal with Iran, and normalized U.S. relations with Cuba. Source Source2

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture. She died on May 28th, 2014. Source

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He became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33.[1] He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications.[2] In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.[3] He is now  the nominee to be the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and is the new national chairman of My Faith Votes, a group that encourages Christians to exercise their civic duty to vote. Source1 Source2 Source3 Source4 Source5

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"Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" "Here I am," I said, "Send me!" Isaiah 6:8

Sister Thea Bowman
     Bertha Bowman was born in Mississippi in 1937, the granddaughter of a slave. She converted to Catholicism and at 15, she joined an order and took the name Thea, meaning " of God." She later taught at Catholic University and at Xavier University in New Orleans.

     After 16 years as an educator, she was invited by the bishop of Jackson, Miss., to become a consultant for intercultural awareness. She dedicated the rest of her life to building up the black Catholic community and sharing the Gospel message. She sought to build bridges among cultures, and to share the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the African American people through prayer, song, teaching, writing and preaching.
     She co-founded the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, and she helped found the National Black Sisters Conference in 1966.
     In 1984, when she was only in her 40s, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she did not let her declining health slow her down. Confined to a wheelchair, she gave a historic address to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1989. Source

President Barack Obama

Dr. Ben Carson



Influential Black Leaders & Historical Events

March 2017


Xavier University Day of Reflection

Join with Black Catholics to reflect on the upcoming National Black Catholic Congress and the Ninth General Archdiocesan Synod. $20 per person. Registration due to Office of Black Catholic Ministries by 2/10. For more information contact the Office of Black Catholic Ministries at 504-861-6207 or To be held at Xavier University Center Ballroom,  Drexel Dr, New Orleans, LA 70125, USA.


30th Annual African American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner

5:00 PM, Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202
​This event recognizes adult and youth leadership in our African American Catholic community. The primary focus of the dinner is to salute and award scholarships to our youth in order for them to further their education at Catholic high schools, technical schools and colleges. All proceeds go towards scholarships. Tickets are $70.00. 
For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Ministry at (502) 471-2146 or email


Save the Date!
New Freedom Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala

Bring your family, friends, club, church, neighborhood and experience professional quality performances at New Freedom Theatre. Don’t miss the chance to see Ragtime at Ford’s Theatre.
​To place your order online, or call (202) 638-2367RSVP at 267.770.2488.

The Emancipation Proclamation allowed African American military units in the United States army. Amid the battles of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln sent the 13th amendment forward to congress on Feb 1, 1865. Neither the Confederate nor the Union soldiers were aware of the compromises in Washington, DC, so months after Lincoln's assassination, armed conflicts and deaths continued.​  On June 19th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX declaring a cease fire, and announced the war's end. By then, 180,000 free and freed men of color had served in the US Colored Troops (USCT). In addition, thousands of enslaved people had taken up arms to serve the Union cause and ensure their freedom. This is how June 19th became known as Juneteenth, or Black Freedom Day. By Lenwood Sloan

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In early 1965, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) made Selma, Alabama, the focus of its efforts to register black voters in the South. That March, protesters attempting to march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery were met with violent resistance by state and local authorities. As the world watched, the protesters (under the protection of federalized National Guard troops) finally achieved their goal, walking around the clock for three days to reach Montgomery. The historic march, and King’s participation in it, greatly helped raise awareness of the difficulty faced by black voters in the South, and the need for a Voting Rights Act, passed later that year. Source1 Photo Credit: By Stanley Wolfson, New York World Telegram & Sun

       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 the fold. There will be workshops, and
​  opportunities for individual prayer and sharing your faith with others from all parts of the country.

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On October 16, 1995, an estimated 850,000 African American men from across the United States gathered together at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to rally in one of largest demonstrations in Washington history.  This march surpassed the 250,000 who gathered in 1963 for the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. On that day, there was a sea of Black men, many who stood for 10 hours or more sharing, learning, listening, fasting, hugging, crying, laughing, and praying. The day produced a spirit of brotherhood, love, and unity like never before experienced among Black men in America. All creeds and classes were present: Christians, Muslims, Hebrews, Agnostics, nationalists, pan-Africanists, civil rights organizations, fraternal organizations, rich, poor, celebrities and people from nearly every organization, profession and walk of life were present. It was a day of atonement, reconciliation and responsibility. Source1 Source2


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.