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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.

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.

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.

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.

June 2015 is the 18th Annual “Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month”

June 2015 marks the 18th annual Abortion and All Acts of Violence Awareness Month in the African American community. Check out the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life's press release and other statements for more information.

Black Catholic Ministry Webinars

On March 18th, African American Affairs hosted a webinar for Black Catholic Ministry Directors titled "Energizing the Black Catholic Community: Its a Year Round Ministry." The program included interesting presentations from Sr. Jannette Pruitt and Dr. Ansel Augustine and a lively discussion on outreach and Black Catholic Ministry. A recording is available on the Black Catholic Ministry Webinars page.

Rebuilding the Bridge: African American Affairs' 50th Anniversary Initiative

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.

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 excerpts are now available.

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

What We Have Seen and Heard

2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the Bishops' Statement "What We Have Seen and Heard". Find out what the bishops were saying 30 years and how it is still relevant today.

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.

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Sr. Thea Bowman's address on Black Catholic Spirituality (above)

Sr. Thea Bowman (1937 – 1990) was a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration who dedicated her life to working for the African American Catholic community. She was instrumental in the creation of many Catholic multicultural and African American projects such as the first edition of Lead Me, Guide Me, an African American Catholic hymnal, and co-founded the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in Louisiana. Sr. Thea’s life mission was to share her rich cultural heritage and spirituality through song, prayer, teaching, preaching and writing.  Although diagnosed with cancer in 1984, she continued to give programs designed to encourage communication between cultures including this historic presentation to the U.S. Catholic Bishops about Black Catholic Spirituality in June 1989.

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. 

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. 

Reconciled Though Christ

Reconciled Through Christ explores the reconciliation and greater collaboration between Hispanic American Catholics and African American Catholics

National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life (NBCAL)all-acts-of-violence-and-abortion-awareness-month-logo-150

What can be done to end the violence in the African American community whether in the streets, behind closed doors or in the womb? As NBCAL suggests, "A Revolution is Warranted." See page 2 of this year's resource for action ideas.

Lead Me, Guide Me - Hymnal and worship resource

Second Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.
Pew Edition: $15.50/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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