We Celebrate Black History Month
As a church, we recognize that God is calling everyone’s attention to the role and witness of black Catholics. Some of the extraordinary people highlighted here show us that the church needs saints who can speak to the issues of the day. We encourage you to read the attached articles about some strong, bold and faithful Catholic Christians who challenge the church act with integrity and know the complex history of Black Catholics.
Read about Fr. Augustus Tolten, the first African-American Catholic Priest, Sr Thea Bowman, the first black member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and others who are candidates for Sainthood in our Church: https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/sainthood-causes-draw-focus-black-catholics-and-need-justice
Who will be the first black Saint in the United States? https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/01/21/black-catholic-saints-united-states-239730
Read this article about Black Catholic History: https://uscatholic.org/articles/202010/in-the-beginning-there-were-black-catholics/
Here is an article on Black Catholics in America (The Atlantic): https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/black-catholics/544754/
Read this article about National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and her Black Catholic parish in Los Angeles (America Magazine): https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2021/01/29/amanda-gorman-black-catholic-parish-239858
Here is a great article on the Contributions of Black Catholics: https://www.simplycatholic.com/celebrating-the-contributions-of-black-catholics/
Here are some article on Black Saints from the National Catholic Reporter:
NOV 26, 2013
Did you know one of the first foreigners mentioned in the Bible to be baptized was an African?
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Washington, DC, was formed because black Catholics were denied full participation in the parish life at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church.
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Did you know that one of the greatest Bible scholars, Origen, was from ancient Egypt?
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Did you know that a black Haitian Catholic, Toussaint L’Ouverture played a key role in the first successful attempted by a salve population in the Americas and world to win independence from European colonialism?
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