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Black Saints - January

There have been many Black Catholics who devoted their lives, indeed gave up their lives,
for their Catholic faith.  To read more about these courageous and faithful Catholics of the
African Diaspora who have been canonized by the Church

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Below are links to information on illustrious Catholics of the African Diaspora.

 Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

History of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

Daniel A. Rudd by Rev. Cyprian Davis, OSB

Venerable Pierre Toussaint

Mother Henriette Delille

Mother Mary Lange

St. Josephine Bakhita

  These are but a few notable Black Catholics.
It's worth mentioning that many who have made extraordinary contributions
to the Church have lived ordinary lives without recognition.  Let's not forget to
give thanks for the unhearalded spiritual giants who have paved the way for us.
Please take some time to learn more about Black Catholic history.
And, be sure to pray for those who have gone before us and for those who will follow. 

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To Go Forth: Encountering Christ in the Heart of the World
 February 7-10, 2015

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
Regular registration rate ends Friday, January 9th!

As Christmas approaches, please take a moment to make sure you’ve registered to join us at the central U.S. Catholic leadership gathering for faith that does justice. We look forward to welcoming you at the 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) from February 7-10, 2015. Register soon before our regular rate ends on Friday, January 9th.

From January 10th until January 29th our late registration rate will be in effect for online registrations. After January 29th you will still be able to complete late registration on-site at the Gathering.

Hotel reservations must be completed by January 14th to receive the preferred conference rate, and must be made separately from registration for the Gathering. Book your hotel room online through Omni Reservations, and mention the name of the Gathering. Room-sharing options are available. Remember, our new schedule kicks-off on Saturday afternoon and concludes with Tuesday’s Capitol Hill visits and reception.

Speakers and special guests include:

  • Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Fr. Daniel Groody, University of Notre Dame
  • Sylvester Brown, Jr., The Sweet Potato Project
  • Martina Liebsch, Caritas Internationalis
  • Dr. Richard Wood, University of New Mexico
  • David Brooks and Mark Shields, PBS NewsHour

Join the discussion and be part of the solution! For more information visit Follow us on Twitter @togoforth, tweet using #CSMG15, and join us on Facebook @CatholicSocialMinistry to track and discuss the latest Gathering news.

Saturday, February 7 -- Tuesdsay, February 10, 2015

Omni Shoreham
2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008 USA

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Last date to apply to register online!
Thursday, January 29, 2015


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Podcast from December 2, 2014 "God's Praises Tell: The Voice of Black Catholic Chicago" weekly radio show.

Andrew Lyke and guests Michael Rabbitt and Dr. Keith Wilson discuss recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the impact of systemic racism in America today.
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Celebrating the Sacraments
2014 Lyke Conference Keynotes
Bishop George Murry - Baptism
Bishop Joseph Perry - Reconciliaton
Bishop Edward Braxton - Confirmation
Bishop Gregory Aymond - Vocations
Fr. Freddy Washington - Anointing of the Sick
Bishop Shelton Fabre - The Mystery of The Trinity

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For information on worship services and community events, visit the Office for Black Catholics' community calendar here!
Please send special worship services and events in WORD or PDF format to for inclusion in the OBC Community Calendar.
Celebrate Mass with the Ghanaian Catholic Community
Every Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Celebrant: Fr. Alex Anaman
St. Ambrose Catholic Church
1012 E. 47th Street, Chicago
Celebrate Mass with the Haitian Catholic Community
Every Sunday, 5:30 p.m. (French)
Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church
2010 E. 79th Street, Chicago
Celebrate Mass with the Igbo Catholic Community 
Last Sunday of the month
2:30 p.m.
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
4920 S. King Drive, Chicago



 Notre Dame Study


Darren W. Davis and Donald B. Pope-Davis

Notre Dame Survey of African American Catholics Offers Important Insights

Darren W. Davis and Donald B. Pope-Davis



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 Equal Justice Initiative

Equal Justice Initiative

122 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104


The Equal Justice Institute announces the release of their new online timeline, A History of Racial Injustice. Browse expanded content and images from our 2014 calendar at

This exciting resource gives you access to all the rich detail that couldn't fit into their printted calendar. They proudly offer this tool for learning more about our nation's history of racial inequality and economic injustce as part of their newest initiative on race and poverty in America.