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Timely Ministry Resources for Black Catholics


Plenty Good Room

Plenty Good Room: The Spirit and Truth of African American Catholic Worship is a USCCB resource issued to guide dioceses and parishes in planning African American and Multicultural liturgy.

African American Affairs E-Newsletter Archive

The new E-newsletter Archive if now available for viewing.  Follow the link to find information on annual events and additional resources.

National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life (NBCAL)

The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life (NBCAL) provides a variety of resources each year for prayer and action for protecting human life and dignity. Below are a few of the upcoming events and resources available through the NBCAL

African American Catholics and The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

The Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church – African American Affairs is collaborating with the Office of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth to promote the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony among African American Catholics.  This collaboration strives to enrich marriage, support family life and encourage marriage as a vocation through catechesis, creative communications and other activities.  

Resources are available on the African American Marriage and Family Life Resources page. Also check out the first installment available on For Your Marriage, A Marriage Bonded by Love and Faith by Marc and Kiki Barnes.

Young Adult Catholics

African American Affairs is developing and highlighting resources for Black Catholic young adults. Read the Report from the 2015 Black Catholic Young Adult Listening Session and related material at Young Adult Resources. Also check out A Black Catholic's Perspective on the Church's Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement at Young Adults Resources.

Race Relations

The Racial Divide in the United States - Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D., Bishop of Belleville (Illinois) shares his thoughts on racism in his The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015. The document includes a study guide for the pastoral letter.

Letter from Birmingham Jail Study Guide - In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Christian Churches Together, one of the largest ecumenical organizations in the U.S., offered a response and created a Study Guide to facilitate reflection either for groups or individuals.  The webpage for this important document also has an additional introduction for Catholics to the Study Guide and an introductory letter from Bishop Madden and Bishop Flores.

Rebuilding the Bridge: 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement - In the coming year, the U.S. will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of several important civil rights milestones. To commemorate these important events and the contributions of many Catholics to the civil rights movement, Cultural Diversity in the Church and African American Affairs, in collaboration with several other organizations, has launched Rebuilding the Bridge: African American Affairs' 50th Anniversary Initiative. Check back regularly throughout the year for resources, events and other information.

Reconciled Through Christ - Published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2013, this publication explores the reconciliation and greater collaboration between Hispanic American Catholics and African American Catholics.

Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself: U.S. Catholic Bishops Speak Against Racism - In 2001, several bishops brought together a series of essays on the perspective of the different cultural families and on racism in general. Their insight remains relevant today and still relevant excerpts, collated in 2013, are available. Read Bishop Edward K. Braxton's essay titled "Take Into Account Various Situations and Cultures" from the series.


Below are some video and audio resources available.

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Torture Awareness Month and International Day of Support of Victims of Torture

June is Torture Awareness Month and June 26 is the International Day of Support of Victims of Torture. The focus of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), a USCCB partner, now includes ending torture in U.S. prisons and campaigning against solitary confinement. Help end torture in U.S. policy, practice and culture by downloading a free toolkit of resources from NRCAT.

Foundational Materials

Below are additional foundation materials.

Black Catholic History Month

As we celebrate Black Catholic History Month, check out some of these great leaders of African descent who are On The Road to Sainthood.

Honor Black History Every Day!

Check out the biographies and autobiographies reviewed on Recommended Reading about Inspiring African Americans. These reviews highlight the inspiring lives of persons of African decent. We will continue to update this page, so keep checking back for new ideas for an inspiring read.  

Lead Me, Guide Me - Hymnal and worship resource

Second Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.
(800) 442-1358
Pew Edition: $16.00/copy


Parish Social Ministry

Join the Free Catholic Charities USA Parish Social Ministry Professional Interest Section Open to all interested in enhancing the "...vitality and quality of social justice ministries in our parishes..." Enjoy many ministry support and professional development benefits.

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