MEMPHIS, Tenn. (OSV News) — Catholics in Memphis and throughout the nation are joining in prayer while calling for justice, as disturbing images of a police arrest turned fatal in that city were released Jan. 27.
Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping and other offenses in the fatal arrest of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols, who died Jan. 10 following a Jan. 7 traffic stop.
Ahead of expected protests as the police body cam footage is made public, Memphis Bishop David P. Talley has urged prayers for peace. The Dominican Friars of Memphis and the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary, a historically Black Catholic fraternal order, also issued statements Jan. 27. Read More
For Black Catholic men, the path to priesthood is marked by hope — and some very real challenges, say pastoral leaders who have their pulse on how to encourage African-American priestly vocations in the Catholic Church today.
“Being a Black Catholic priest is wonderful,” Father Michael Trail, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, told OSV News. “We’re called to ministry where we are, but in many ways, we are ministering to the larger community. I’m mindful of the responsibility of providing a good, strong presence as a Black Catholic.”
Yet Black Catholic priests say that presence in the Church can often remain overlooked. Read More
(OSV News) — While teaching in a Louisiana public elementary school several years ago, Janice Henry (Annunciation Ct. 114) was haunted by one particular student.
“The child was so tired that she kept falling asleep. She was unable to keep herself awake in class,” Henry, a retired educator and member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver, told OSV News.
When Henry visited the school’s cafeteria, her unease deepened.
“She’d kind of get herself together by lunchtime, and then I would overhear her conversations,” Henry said. “She would talk about staying at a hotel and being able to swim in the pool.” Read More
We send heartfelt condolences and prayers for strength and courage to the family of Gene A. Phillips Sr. who transitioned today.
Worthy Phillips was a past Supreme Knight and lived a life of service to the Church, his family, and our Noble Order.
We are grateful to have been blessed with his love, service, and leadership.
Funeral services are pending and will be announced once available.
“Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
- Amen” Read More
To kick off Black Catholic History Month, the Archdiocese of Baltimore unveiled a display of six Black sainthood candidates in its lobby at the Catholic Center in Baltimore Nov. 7.
Archbishop William E. Lori and Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries Adrienne Curry unveiled the display. Read More