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The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary is encouraging its membership to participate in the Faith Communities Census Weekend of Action March 27 - 29, 2020. 

As notifications for the 2020 Census begin arriving in the mail over the next few weeks, we are asking our members and units to help get the word out to their family, friends, and associates through emails blasts, social media posts, e-newsletters, and other communication means. 
The current pandemic challenges and forthcoming sustainability and recovery efforts highlight the need and urgency to have accurate and complete statistics especially from the communities we serve.


Most Reverend Ferdinand J. Cheri's
Reflections on Black Catholic Ministry

The Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) is a graduate theology program and school of pastoral ministry that meets each summer in conjunction with Xavier University of Louisiana.
The 2020 dates are Sunday, June 28 - Friday, July 17.
Find out more at www.xula.edu/ibcs,
Email: bcs@xula.edu     Phone: 504-520-7691.

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Very Rev. Kevin P. Fausz, CM, VU, pastor of Holy Redeemer and Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Michael Catholic Churches as well as dean of the Central Urban Deanery, was inducted into the Black Worship Clergy Hall of Fame. Read More
Prior to Sunday, January 26, 2020, the most famous Catholic on Earth was a Black Catholic. Excluding the Holy Father, there is little doubt concerning the accuracy of this claim concerning one Kobe Bean Bryant. Yet the thought has probably never crossed your mind. Why? This is the great conundrum of Black Catholics: they are at once one of the least familiar and yet most long-standing Christian groups in the United States. They are everywhere and apparently nowhere all at the same time. They are a demographic of uncommon faithfulness, forgotten legacies, and hidden figures. Read More
The extraordinary journey of Anne Marie Becraft, who became Oblate Sister of Providence Mary Aloysius, is one that powerfully illustrates the foundational presence of black Catholics in the U.S. church and nation at large. It is also a story that disrupts and revises much of what has been said and written about the American Catholic experience. Read More
There is an urgent need for personal conversion, without which the temptations of Satan, and the presence of evil, create a “hell here on earth,” Pope Francis said Monday in his 2020 Lenten message. “Christian joy flows from listening to, and accepting, the Good News of the death and resurrection of Jesus,” he said. “Whoever believes this message rejects the lie that our life is ours to do with as we will.” Rather, the pope said, life is born of the love of God our Father. Read More
How do you prepare for Lent? How have you prepared in the past? What are your ideas about what should happen during Lent? We have the traditional Catholic practices of praying, fasting, and almsgiving. So, we pray more than usual, or we pray with different emphases. We eat smaller or fewer meals or give up a favorite food or drink group. We give more of our resources or give them specifically to special works of mercy during Lent. Read More
On Sunday, February 2, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. served as the Chief Celebrant and Homilist for this year’s Black History Month Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. The annual Mass was sponsored by the African American, African and Caribbean Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Newark. Read More
More than 50 years ago, the Civil Rights era and the changes of Vatican II combined in West Louisville to generate new energy in black Catholic life. Charles David (Cn. 219), a long-time parishioner of St. Marin de Porres Church experienced it first-hand and called it a “freeing of the Spirit.” “It was a great time in the church,” he said. “It gave African Americans a sense of belonging in the church.” Read More
Black Catholic communities have been a part of the Church in the Washington, DC area for centuries. But it wasn’t until the height of the Civil War that black Catholics in DC began the process of founding a parish of their own— with the help of President Abraham Lincoln. In the 16th and 17th century, Spanish laws in North America freed slaves who converted to Catholicism. Some of these freed slaves and their descendants formed their own settlement in the region that would become Florida. Read More