Bro. Jordan Anderson is a recent initiate of the Collegiate Unit #403 at Xavier University of Louisiana.
It was 3:30 AM when I heard a scream. I was half asleep and the room was dark, but I knew something was wrong. I ran down the steps of my attic room to discover my mom cowering over my dad, my sister and brother standing next to her. My dad was sitting on the stairs and staring straight forward. I looked at his eyes, but I could tell he did not see me. He was repeatedly grunting, gasping for air, and his arm was twitching. I felt, in that instant, as though I could have been his father and he could have been my son. Read More
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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia today announced that the sacred remains of Saint Katharine Drexel will be transferred from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Motherhouse and Shrine in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia this summer. The new location for Saint Katharine Drexel’s tomb will open to the public in September 2018 following the completion of the newly constructed Cathedral tomb. Read More
CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) -- Priests and bishops from the Province of Atlanta recently spent time considering the abuse crisis in the church, how to respond to it and how to best carry on in serving the faithful.
The discussion took place during the Provincial Assembly of Priests and Bishops, Aug. 20-22 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston.
African Americans are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. In addition, they are more likely to suffer complications from diabetes, such as end-stage renal disease and lower extremity amputations. Although African Americans have the same or lower rate of high cholesterol as their non-Hispanic white counterparts, they are more likely to have high blood pressure Read More
Demographic shifts led to the opening of a new church, with sacred art designed to resonate with the African-American Catholics who make up the parish.
Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, located in the southwest side of the city, was once home to many Irish and German immigrants, who in the 19th century started a flourishing Catholic community. The first church ever built in the area was in fact a Roman Catholic parish, St. Anne’s Church, established in 1869.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception has served black community for over 200 years
Norfolk, Virginia, is home to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, the only historically African-American Catholic church that is also a minor basilica. Like the histories of both African-Americans and Catholics in this country, its own history is full of struggle and misunderstanding, faith and hope.
Founded as St. Patrick’s parish in 1791, it displayed the “catholicity” of the Church from its earliest days: Irish and German immigrants, slaves and freemen, all worshiped together.
A planned pastoral letter addressing racism is on schedule for a November vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Knights of Peter Claver National Chaplain, Bishop Sheldon J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana, chairman of the bishop's Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, said during the bishops' spring general assembly June 14 that the document would reflect recommendations from the various audiences that have reviewed drafts of the document.
The bishop said the document will focus on contemporary concerns affecting Native Americans and African-Americans and the "targeting" of Hispanics with racist language and actions. Read More