"Lord, we pray for those who have been devastated by recent tragedies. We remember those who have lost their lives so suddenly. We hold in our hearts the families forever changed by grief and loss. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength. Bless those who have survived and heal their memories of trauma and devastation. May they have the courage to face the days ahead. Help us to respond with generosity in prayer, in assistance, and in comfort to the best of our abilities. Keep our hearts focused on the needs of all the community. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen."
The late Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB, author of “The History of Black Catholics in the United States” dates the presence of Black Catholics in Florida to 1565, more than 200 years before independence. Black Catholics in the USA teach us faithfulness, and endurance against all odds. We are forever indebted to their gallant struggle for human dignity and social justice, challenging and resisting the onslaught on the humanity of enslaved Africans. Read More
In this time of political turmoil over immigration and caravans coming to the U.S., those running bring a message of peace, love, and concern for human rights.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is seen as a loving mother; the Patroness of the Americas, by those who share a devotion to her.
The annual torch run includes many along the route who carry her image thousands of miles from Mexico City. The event helps bring awareness of the plight of immigrants and family members who are separate Read More
This November, there is increased excitement in the air. Black Catholics everywhere are praising Pope Francis’ June 11th declaration that Father Augustus Tolton (1854-1897), the first African-American to be ordained Catholic priest, had lived a life of heroic virtue. That declaration signified that Father Tolton, a former slave turned priest who endured much discrimination and hardship before his untimely death at age 43, had consistently and exceptionally displayed the cardinal virtues (prudence, temperance, fortitude and justice) and the theological virtues (faith, hope and love) and that he is worthy to ascend to the second stage in the canonization process. Read More
The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops have called on Gov. Greg Abbott to delay or cancel the execution of Rodney Reed, a convicted murderer who maintains his innocence.
"The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops engages in advocacy efforts for every single Texas execution by urging the Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant reprieve as a matter of mercy based on our position that the death penalty is inadmissible in modern society,” said Jennifer Allmon, executive director of the Texas Conference for Catholic Bishops in a statement provided to CNA.
But, Allmon said, Reed's case is different. Read More
The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding efforts of three Louisiana churches destroyed by arson.
Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel presented the pastors of three St. Landry Parish historically black Baptist churches with the money on Thursday, The Advocate reported. Read More
In honor of Black Catholic History Month, the Diocese of Rochester will host special rosary services in November to commemorate the people and events important to Catholics of African descent.
The rosary services are being sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Cultural Ministries and the Black Catholic Leadership Commission, a diocesan committee that aims for Catholics of African descent to fully participate in the life of the church. Read More
When I was a classroom teacher, I had the opportunity to teach a course called College Summit. College Summit was not only a course designed to walk students through the college admission and application process, it also helped students identify their strengths and begin to explore out which college majors may interest them. As part of the class, I sponsored a career day for all of my seniors; for this event, I invited two African American nuns who represented the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first order of African American religious women founded in the United States. Read More
Black Catholics are a diverse group encompassing African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans and recent immigrants from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Central America as well as South America. They actually outnumber better-known black religious denominations such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). Read More