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51st Anniversary of Letter from Birmingham Jail:
During the anniversary month of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail, check out the response offered by Christian Churches Together with this Study Guide

30th Anniversary of What We Have Seen and Heard
: Take a look at the Black Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Evangelization to see what the bishops were saying and how it is still relevant today. Now available in Spanish!


African American


The Subcommittee on African American Affairs is the official voice of the African American Catholic community. The subcommittee attends to the needs and aspirations of African American Catholics regarding issues of pastoral ministry, evangelization, social justice, worship, development of leaders and other areas of concern. The subcommittee also seeks to be a resource for the all Bishops and the entire Catholic Church in the United States. It aims to articulate the socio-cultural dimension of the African American Catholic community and identify or create resources that would allow for an authentic integration of the richness of African American Catholic culture and the Catholic Church in the United States.

Subcommittee Members


Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre,

Bishop, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Chairman of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs

Lenten Message from Bishop Fabre

My dear friends in Christ:

A blessed and grace filled season of Lent to you!"...Lent as our moving from the slavery of sin to freedom in Jesus Christ..."

The season of Lent is an opportunity provided to us in the Church’s Liturgical Year to focus more directly on our efforts to overcome sin in our lives.  The powerful images that envision Lent as our moving from the slavery of sin to freedom in Jesus Christ through our Baptism are images with which African-Americans can certainly identify.  As African-American Catholics, we dedicate ourselves to embracing the call of Lent in order to know and to live the freedom that Jesus Christ has won for us in his passion, death, and resurrection.  I hope that your spiritual disciplines during Lent will lead you to greater rejoicing in the resurrection of the Lord at Easter!

Peace and blessings,

Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre
Chair, Subcommittee for African-American Affairs


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