Keeping the Faith - The Black Catholic Congress Movement of the 20th Century
Tolton Mass 2016
On Easter Sunday of 1886 Father Augustus Tolton offered his First Holy Mass as a priest in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The date was April 25th. Thanks to Divine Providence, Father Tolton, born a slave in Missouri, found himself a priest of Jesus Christ in the Eternal City pronouncing the words of his risen Savior: Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum, allelúia: I arose and am still with you, alleluia! What a way to celebrate Easter! Exactly one hundred thirty years later and more than six thousand miles away in Costa Mesa, California, several hundred people gathered with Bishop Joseph Perry of Chicago and the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey of Silverado to honor the legacy of Father Tolton.
Besides Anton Bruckner’s “Ecce Sacerdos” as the processional, Gregorian Mass propers and the polyphonic Ordinary by Franz Schubert, the choir, under the direction of Mr. Christopher Martin, sang 4 motets composed by another historically significant Afro-American priest: Father José Maurício Nunes Garcia (+1830) from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. These 4 pieces highlight: the early piety of Fr. Tolton during his childhood (Laudate Dominum), his ordination at the Altar of the Table in the Lateran Basilica (Tu Mihi Lavas Pedes), his first Mass on Easter Sunday (Ego Sum Resurrectio) and his faithful administration of Viaticum and Extreme Unction to the dying (Ego Sum Panis Vitae). The Mass on April 25th was one of three celebrations held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church over a span of three days marking this important anniversary. The triduum had already begun on April 24th in the evening with a concert of Negro spirituals, poetry and a sermon by Bishop Perry commemorating Father Tolton's anniversary of priestly ordination. Then, on April 26th the St. John the Baptist Elementary School students sang at an all school Mass in honor of Fr. Tolton featuring "the Lord Have Mercy," the general Intercessions response: "God Our Father," and "Lamb of God" by Father Clarence Rivers
Jesus Calls Women
Video Archives 2
Leslye Colvin (Alabama USA)
This showcases the history of The Josephites and the struggles of Black Catholics during the time.
A New Course - 13:30
Augustus Tolton - 22:10
Daniel Rudd - 24:00
Heavy Crosses - 25:45
Ordination of Charles Randolph Uncles (First American Ordained Black Catholic Priest) at the Basilica in Baltimore - 26:56
John Dorsey - 43:10
Changes - 1:05:15
Bishop Ricard - 1:13:30; 1:16:52; 1:22:13
The Revival of the Congress Movement in the 20th Century was of monumental importance for African American Catholics and the Church in America. Keeping the Faith is a testimony to the faith that African American Catholics have always steadfastly embraced. Despite the racism and obstacles which they had to endure, African Americans remained faithful.
The Congress Movement was the awakening of the seed of faith and to view its growth will touch the hearts of all.
This video was produced through funding by the Catholic Communication Campaign and the Society of the Divine Word
We Have Been Called: Wisdom From Black Catholic History
This presentation will bring the key figures and events of our Black Catholic History to life again. Listen in to this engaging and educational session and be moved by the rich wisdom of our elders. If you are hungry for an uplifting talk and a reason to be hopeful in 2017, tune in!
Paula Manchester, Lecturer
St. Joseph's College of Maine
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Some information about the National Black Catholic Congress and some highlights from the Sixth National Black Catholic Congress on May 21st - 24th, 1987.
The Church's role in racial healing
We hold ourselves accountable
to our baptismal commitment to
witness and proclaim the
Good News of Jesus Christ.
Sister Thea Bowman's Speech to the United States Catholic Bishops in 1989.
God desires relationships with people of every country, culture, spirituality, and community. Jesus calls women and men to follow him closely in Consecrated Life. Jesus Calls Women has a specific focus on women called to the Consecrated Life in our time. In the Catholic Church a religious woman is consecrated to Jesus Christ forever.
"Religious life is being completely focused on Jesus and everything else flows from that."
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The National Black Catholic Congress
Why Confess to a Priest?
Hosted by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
Diana Hayes - Black Catholic History
Bishop Ricard starts speaking at 3:30.
Sister Thea Bowman starts speaking at 7:18.
Fr. Augustus Tolton: The Cause for Sainthood
Catholic Women speak of what their faith means to them