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The Subcommittee on African American Affairs e-newsletter is now available online. The August edition highlights what is going on at USCCB and beyond.

News Release - U.S. Bishops' Anti-Racism Committee Chair Lifts Up National Day of Prayer - Read Bishop George V. Murry's statement calling on Catholics and all people of faith to observe an annual Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on September 9, the Feast of St. Peter Claver.

News Release - U.S. Bishops Establish New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism - Read the statement from Cardinal DiNardo on the establishment of the Committee and watch the interview with Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, OH, who has been named Chair of the Committee.

50th Anniversary Initiative - Rebuilding the Bridge: In the coming year, the country will celebrate several 50th anniversaries of civil rights milestones. Check out the 50th Anniversary Initiative page for more information about these events and the contribution of Catholics to this movement.

Plenty of Good Room:  This recent publication discusses the spirit and truth of African American Catholic Worship.

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!

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The Subcommittee on African American Affairs (SCAAA) 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.


Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre,

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


Lenten Reflection from Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre

We have entered again into the 40 days of the holy season of Lent, a time of grace when we focus on deepening our relationship with the Lord by engaging in heightened efforts to root sin out of our lives.  The call of the season of Lent speaks deeply to the heart of each and every member of the faithful because we all desire a stronger relationship with the Lord.  We all desire to become what God has created us to be.  However, Lent dares to ask us the question: "Are we willing to undertake the ongoing conversion in our lives that is required to constantly be growing in our relationship with the Lord?"  While in a heightened manner during its duration the season of Lent places before us the call to engage in prayer, fasting and assisting the needy (alms-giving), Lent really desires to engender within us these practices throughout the rest of our year, and really throughout the rest of our lives.  Also central to the season of Lent is engaging in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Sacrament that showers us with God's mercy and forgiveness.  The focus of Lent is not only the 40 days of its duration, but in a greater way each and every day of the rest of our lives.  Lent reminds us that we must always be seeking to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ, who suffered, died and rose again to set us free from the power of sin and death.  Faithfully keeping the season of Lent will assist us in overcoming any tendencies in our lives toward pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth, as well as many other sinful practices, such as racism, acts of violence and unbridled individualism.  Therefore, it is my sincere hope that we will not simply endure these days of the season of Lent, but that we will truly be transformed by our prayer and penitential practices during these days of Lent.  May you know God's blessings in these holy days of Lent

PDF version of Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre's Lenten reflection.

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