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IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

By Caitlyn Schmid 

Did you know that November is Black Catholic History Month?

This month, we’re honoring the men and women from Africa who have pioneered the faith! Many forget that Christianity didn’t start in Europe. Black Catholics have had a huge impact on the history and traditions of Christianity. The church has been celebrating Black Catholic History Month since 1990 when the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States instigated it. November seemed appropriate because it holds special days for two prominent African Catholics: St. Augustine whose birthday is on November 13, and St. Martin de Porres whose feast day is celebrated on November 3.  Read more...

The History of Black Catholics in America


The Black Catholic Movement reinvigorated the church, with liturgical innovation, new preaching styles and activist scholarship


Worshippers at Holy Angel Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side, in October, 1973.
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

By Matthew J. CresslerZócalo Public Square
smithsonian.com

The story of how Roman Catholics “became American” is very well-known. Beginning in the 19th century, Catholics were a feared and despised immigrant population that Protestants imagined to be inimical to, even incompatible with, everything America was meant to be. American mobs burned Catholic convents and churches. By the early 20th century, the anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan was running rampant. Read more...

Daniel Rudd

Calling a Church to Justice
by Gary B. Agee

In May of 1890, the Christian Soldier, an African American newspaper, identified the Catholic journalist and activist Daniel Arthur Rudd as the "greatest negro Catholic in America." Yet many Catholics today are unaware of Rudd's efforts to bring about positive social change during the early decades of the Jim Crow era. In Daniel Rudd: Calling a Church to Justice, Gary Agee offers a compelling look at the life and work of this visionary who found inspiration in his Catholic faith to fight for the principles of liberty and justice. Born into slavery, Rudd achieved success early on as the publisher of the American Catholic Tribune, one of the most successful black newspapers of its era, and as the founder of the National Black Catholic Congress. 

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Daniel Rudd portrait © 2017 NBCC

JULIA GREELEY BOOK FOR SALE
The Julia Greeley Guild is selling the book Julia Greeley: Denver’s Angel of Charity, written and illustrated by the 2018-2019 Annunciaton Catholic School 5th Grade Class, as a fundraiser. The cost of the book is $15.00, and monies raised will assist in the process of the Canonizaton of Servant of God Julia Greeley. For additonal informaton or to order a book, please contact Mary Leisring at the Cathedral Basilica 303-831-7010 or email: maryl@denvercathedral.org.
All Saints' Day, Halloween and All Souls' Day: What's the difference?
By Kenya Sinclair  |  Catholic Online

Purgatory, candy, honoring the dead and costumes?

Everyone knows how to celebrate Halloween -with costumes, candy and horror movies, right? Well, that isn't wrong but it isn't the entire story either. What about All Saints' Day or All Souls' Day? Read more...

All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls’ Day, which is observed on November 2 and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven.
Christian Churches Together (CCT)
Meet in Montgomery
 

by James Watts OBM director

 
Christian Churches Together is one response to our Lord prayer for His Church. Our Lord prayed that all who believe in Him might be one with god and with one another so that the world would believe in Him as god and Savior. We live in a world divided by ideologies, politics, race and religion. CCT is the only movement in the USA that promotes and nurtures dialogue and cooperation between the theological and ideological spectrum of American Christianity. It offers a space that is inclusive of the diversity of Christian families in the United States-Evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostals, Historic Protestant, Historic Black churches: and Christian organizations. Read more...

The Upper Room Crisis Hotline
An interview with Sr. Mary Frances Seeley, Ph.D.,
President and Special Advisor

By NBCC Staff
 
In 2000, Sr. Mary Frances Seeley received a request from two Chicago priests in response to what they saw was a critical need.  After the revelations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy, it became clear that many clergy and religious needed a safe place to express their fears and frustrations at the sudden downturn in public opinion of the Catholic priesthood and the accompanying isolation many felt.  In 2008, a crisis center was created to answer this need, and 12 years later, the Upper Room Crisis Hotline offers several other ministries that include meeting the needs of laypeople and the general public in addition to religious. Read more...
If you are experiencing a crisis in your life, or you are contemplating suicide, please call

THE UPPER ROOM CRISIS HOTLINE

1-888-808-8724
NBCC Board of Trustees meets with the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Recently, the National Black Catholic Congress Board of Trustees, met with His Excellency, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.  Discussions centered on the difficulties African American Catholics have encountered in the past and still encounter today from the Church and society.
The National Association of Black Catholic Administrators
by Pam Harris, President

The National Association of Black Catholic Administrators was formally established in 1976 to promote African American involvement and leadership within the Catholic Church. Fr. Jerome Robinson and Garland Jaggers were believed to have started the conversation of black catholic administrators convening for mutual support and sharing of ideas and programs. (Wilson, 2006) The first meeting included five directors of black catholic ministries in Rochester, NY and the agenda included program implementation and challenges in their respective ministries. Over the years the organization grew as did the establishment of diocesan offices of black Catholic ministry. Read more...
 

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