A Message from Donna Grimes, Assistant Director - African American Affairs

Dear Black Catholics, Ministry Leaders and People of Good Will,

We offer these resources to further ministry with and for Catholics of African descent across the country. Black Catholics find ourselves in many different situations from vibrant parishes and well supported diocesan offices to dioceses with no representation or parishioners struggling to work with pastors, bishops or diocesan staff who deny or reject authentic Black Catholic spirituality. Some of us got fired up about this ministry through courses at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS), Sankofa Institute or diocesan formation programs. Yet, they may not know where to go next. Regardless of the situation in which we find ourselves, THE MINISTRY MUST CONTINUE!

Prayer Cards and Pamphlets

Sr. Thea Bowman's 1989 Address to the USCCB

Race & Intercultural Competence (Readings)

  • Brothers And Sisters To Us,” National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), Washington DC 1979
  • “Discrimination And Christian Conscience,” US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington DC, 1958
  • How Church Teaching Can Help Explain why ‘Black Lives Matter,’" America, Sept 2020
  • Fratelli Tutti,” Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis, Vatican City, 2020
  • Humana Communitas: 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Pontifical Academy for Life,” Pope Francis, Vatican City, 2019
  • “The Inner Life and Cultural Competence,” Len Sperry, (found in): The Inner Life of Priests, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 2008, pp. 59-70
  • “The Journey Within and Intercultural Competencies,” Gerard J. McGlone, SJ & Fernando A. Ortiz, (found in) The Inner Life of Priests, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 2008, pp. 72-81
  • “The Lessons I Learned from My Hispanic Parishioners,” Msgr. Scott Friend, (found in ): A Priest’s Life: The Calling, The Cost, The Joy, The Word Among Us Press, 2010, pp. 42-50
  • “Many Faces In God’s House-A Catholic Vision for the Third Millennium,” USCCB, Washington DC 2000
  • “The Multi-Cultural Reality of Priestly Ministry Today,” (found in) Same Call, Different Men, Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 2011, pp. 92-111
  • “The Nation’s Race Crisis,” US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington DC, 1968
  • Open Wide Our Hearts, “ USCCB, Washington DC 2018
  • Practical Steps for Eradicating Racism: An Invitation,” USCCB Subcommittee on African American Affairs, and Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, 2020
  • “The Priest In The Midst of Cultural Diversity,” Bishop Gerald R. Barnes, (found in): Priests for a New Millennium, USCCB Secretariat For Priestly Life and Ministry, Washington DC, 2000, pp. 163-174
  • “The Racial Divide: Are We Finally Awoke?”, Bishop Edward K. Braxton, Belleville, 2020
  • Reconciled Through Christ, “ USCCB, Washington DC, 1997

National Partner Organizations

Directors and Coordinators of Black/African American Catholic Ministry may benefit from partnering with our national organizations, as well as collaborating with other USCCB offices, external Catholic organizations and their own diocesan staff. 

Whether your ministry is fully supported in the diocese, hanging on the efforts of a volunteer priest pastoring multiple parishes with no budget or staff for this ministry, a lay leader operating through volunteers or anywhere in between, the ministry must continue! The following organizations may supply secret angels to assist and strengthen you on the way.

African Catholic Association - fosters collaboration within the African Diaspora
Contact: Sally Stovall, President

Black and Indian Mission Office
Contact: Fr. Maurice Henry Sands, Director

Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS) - gathering of theologians and academicians who add to the body and knowledge and scholarly research in many disciplines
Contact: Fr. Maurice J. Nutt C.Ss.R., D.Min.

Eat the Scroll Ministry (ETSM) - prayer, liturgical and catechetical resources, Black Catholic adult evangelization and formation
Contact: Evangelist Michael P. Howard 

Francis Bowman Ministry - from the Divine Word congregation (Holy Ghost fathers) spiritual formation for men and women
Contact: Shaniqua Wilson

Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) - Based at Xavier University of New Orleans, offers master's degrees and one week enrichment programs in the summer, and related support to Black/African American people
Contact: Dr. Kathleen Dorsey Bellow

Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary, Inc. - a Black/African American Catholic fraternal organization that ministers to and develops lay leadership in men, women and youth & young adults 
Contact: James Ellis, Supreme Knight
Grant Jones, CFO
Micaela LeBlanc, Supreme Lady

Marriage on a Lampstand: Arusi Network, marriage and family life ministry
Contact: Andrew and Terri Lyke

National African American Youth and Young Adult Ministry Network (the Forum)
Contact: Gyta Martim

National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA) - professional association for directors/coordinators of Black Catholic Ministry (OBMs)
Contact: Pam Harris, President

National Black Sisters Conference (NBSC) - fellowship of Black/African American religious sisters, lay associates associates and Catholic women
Contact: Sr. Josita Colbert SSND, President

National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC)

National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC) - fellowship of Black/African American Catholic clergy (priests, deacons)
Contact: Deaon Mel Tardy

National Black Catholic Seminarians Association (NBCSA) - fellowship of Black/African American seminarians
Contact: Cursey Cailais

National Black Catholic Deacons Association (NBCDA) - fellowship of Black/African American Deacons
Contact: Deacon Joseph Connor

Oracle Religious Association (Oracle) - offers evangelization and spiritual formation programs for Black/African American youth, women and men (Catholic and ecumenical) and faith formation resources 
Contact: Sr. Dr. Oralisa Martin

Sankofa Institute - based in San Antonio TX at the OMI Seminary - Black/African American adult lay leadership formation, Catholic and ecumenical
Contact: Sr. Addie Lorraine Walker SND, Director

USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism
Contact: Danielle Brown, esq.
Associate Director - @email