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May 2018 - This edition includes a link to the text of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, an article from Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, an invitation to participate in a survey that looks to answer the question "Is the Church supporting marriage and family life among African American Catholics?", information on the Institute for Black Catholic Studies' summer 2018 program, and more.
January 2018 - This edition includes a seasonal message and a call to send in pictures along with the Pan African Devotional for Public Policy Engagement, Heal our Land, Lord song, information on how to register for the Building Intercultural Competence
for Ministers (BICM) Training of Trainers workshop at Mid-Atlantic
Congress, information about the 2018 Institute for Black Catholics Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University, and more.
December 2017 - This edition includes an Advent video, information on how to register for the Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Training of Trainers workshop at Mid-Atlantic Congress, the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) XII Pastoral Plan of Action, a save the date reminder for the Region X Unity Explosion, and more.
November 2017 - This edition includes a one-minute video on Black Catholic Candidates for Sainthood, an order form for the Building the Believer to Strengthen Discipleship: Keep on Teaching 2017 Resource Manual, a presentation by Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Belleville, delivered at The Catholic University of America, a call to support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection on November 19th, and more.
October 2017 - This edition includes initial resources developed by various USCCB offices in response to the sin of racism, information about the establishment of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, save the date reminders for upcoming events such as the National Black Catholic Women's Gathering sponsored by National Black Sisters' Conference, the Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Training of Trainers workshop at Mid-Atlantic Congress, and more.
August 2017 - This edition includes highlights from the National Black Catholic Congress XII, reminders for the annual observance of Peace on Our Communities and the 14th Annual Black Catholic Men's Conference on October 5-8, 2017 in Miami, FL. Other information includes an interview of Dr. Kimberly Lymore of the Archdiocese of Chicago, a call to provide input recommendations to implement the Pastoral Letter on Racism, and a save the date reminder for the upcoming BICM training being held at the Mid-Atlantic Congress on February 15-17, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.
Easter 2017 - This edition includes resources from the National Call that have become available on our Resources page, invitations to register for Congress XII and ORACLE's National Summer Institute for Youth, a call to send in nominations for the African American and Native American Youth Retreat and to check out the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) course descriptions, schedule, fees and registration.
March 2017 - This edition includes a Lenten reflection from Bishop Fabre, chairman of the SCAAA, resources that will become available on our Resources page soon from the National Call, invitations to register for Congress XII and a Pre-Congress event in Orlando, FL, and information on what happened at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.
February 2017 - This edition includes the final report and recommendations from the Task Force to Promote Peace In Our Communities, a flyer for a National Call to discuss what is being done in various arch/dioceses about the issue of racism, a prayer aid for the African American & African Family Day of Prayer, and a new video explains how marriage is a service to society. Also includes, an invitation to nominate a young adult leader to participate in an upcoming retreat and to subscribe to be a myUSCCB member.
December/Christmas 2016 - This edition includes an Advent, Christmas, and Kwanzaa greeting and includes information about upcoming events in 2017 such as the Pre-Congress XII
gathering of African American and African Young Adults on July 5, 2017 in Orlando, FL and the Joint Retreat
for 10 African American and 10 Native American Youth Ministry Leaders on August 4-6, 2017 in Bethesda MD. Also includes the Prayer for Peace in Our Communities prayer card in English, Spanish, and French available for download.
November 2016 - This edition includes an Autumn and Black Catholic History Month greeting from Ms. Donna Grimes, Assistant Director of African American Affairs as well as news on Bishop Martin D. Holley's appointment as Bishop of Memphis. Other information included are the June 2014 CARA Report-demographics, a list of parishes that have a strong Black Catholic presence, a prayer card for peace in our communities available for download, and more.
September 2016 - This edition provides an update from the special task force to promote peace in our communities as well as a prayer card for peace. It also includes invitations to events such as the Racial Justice Google Hangout sponsored by WeAreSaltAndLight.org, the upcoming Men to Men National Black Catholic Men's Conference in Philadelphia, PA on October 6-9, the IBCS Urban Education Matters Symposium at Xavier University of Louisiana on October 21-22, the upcoming 2016 National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM)
in San Jose, CA on December 1-3, and more.
July/August 2016 - This edition announces the establishment of a special task force to promote peace and a day of prayer on September 9, 2016. It also announces the opening of the Daniel Rudd Fund grant. Information for the upcoming events: the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA) annual meeting on September 14-16, 2016, Men to Men National Black Catholic Men's Conference on October 6-9, 2016, and more.
June 2016 - This edition showcases a new look, provides information on upcoming events such as the 12th National Black Catholic Congress, the 3rd African Eucharistic Congress, and The Joy of the Gospel in America: A National Convocation of Catholic Leaders 2017. It also provides a Black Catholic's reflection on the Church's response
to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
April 2016 - This edition provides information on events such as the July 2016 BICM training at the Institute for Black
Catholic Studies, the July 2017 National Black Catholic Congress, the August 2016 Pax Christi USA - National Assembly, and more.
February 2016 - This edition highlights information about important events such as the National Black Catholic Marriage & Family Life Symposium and Pre-Conference Training, the National African American Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry Network Meeting, the African National Eucharistic Congress, and the National Black Catholic Men's Conference. This month's newsletter also provides an update on resources which are available through the USCCB web page.
December 2015 - This edition of the newsletter includes a Christmas message from Bishop Fabre, information on the 2-day Training of Trainers meeting during the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Conference, and details on resources available through the USCCB web page.
October/November 2015 - This edition's major highlights includes late 2016 early 2016 events, including the February 2016 Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore. Additionally, a call for anyone who is interested to submit articles for this monthly newsletter with contact details was provided.
September 2015 - This edition discusses preparations for Pope Francis' September visit to the U.S., information on the 2016 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering & Diversity Outreach Initiative in January 2016, and the Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference that occurred in June 2016.
August 2015 - This edition included highlights information on Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, prepared by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family. Other news include information on January 2016's Catholic Social Media Gathering and November 2015's National Catholic Collegiate Conference.
July 2015 - This edition introduces We are Salt and Light, a website for Catholic social teaching and action, and provides save the dates for the March 2016 National Black Catholic Marriage Symposium and the August 2016 Third National Eucharistic Congress.
June 2015 - This edition announces two new website resources for Catholic social teaching and action, We are Salt and Light and activities and materials from Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
May 2015 -This edition includes Bishop Sheldon Fabre's Easter message and ways to keep up with the USCCB Catholics and Civil Rights Initiative are highlighted.
April 2015 - This edition provides a path to view Energizing the Black Catholic Community, a webinar with Directors of Black Catholic Ministry, first presented in March 2015.
March 2015 - This edition provides the Lenten resource, created with the "least of those" in mind, for personal and group devotion, as well as a resource sheet to support the canonization of Fr. Augustus Tolton and three others.
January/February 2015 - This edition mentions Pope Francis' naming of Fr. (now Bishop) Fernand Cheri III OPM as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Also provided a variety of resources surrounding the 50th anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery and guidelines for receiving International Pastoral Ministers. Highlights include a save the date for Congress XIII, set for June 5-8, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
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