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Brothers and Sisters To Us, Pastoral Letter on Racism
Candidates for Sainthood in the African-American Community provide the faithful with encouragement and hope on how to live a saintly life. They each have contributed to the mission of the church in their own unique way and we celebrate their road to sainthood. Click on each name below to view a beautiful collage. Venerable Pierre Toussaint Venerable Henriette Delille Fr. Augustus Tolton Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange
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Office > Black Catholics

Office for Black Catholics

Purpose: The Office for Black Catholics fosters the rich diversity of the Black Catholic Community within the Diocese of Richmond. Its mission is to evangelize, enhance and celebrate the contributions of persons of African descent and the gifts they have to offer the Church and society. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Office for Black Catholics advocates for an increase in vocations, diverse leadership, equality in education, social justice and pastoral ministries throughout the Church and the community. The office’s outreach is accomplished through the coordinated efforts of diocesan staff resources, parish staff and dedicated volunteers.

YOU ARE MOST WELCOME!

Welcome to the Office for Black Catholics! We strive to promote inclusion by sharing the richness of the black culture with the Catholic community at large. ~ Pam Harris, Director

The Office for Black Catholics Pastoral Plan is an integral part of the mission of the office and the diocese. This comprehensive plan promotes faith formation, marriage and family life, life and dignity of the human person and vocations. We have a shared responsibility to proclaim the faith and actively participate in building up the Church. You are invited to join the Office for Black Catholics in answering the call of Pope Francis; to be missionary disciples. Please contact us to see how you can contribute to the growing needs of our community. To view the plan please click on the link below.

OBC_Pastoral_Plan_2017-2022


Celebrate Black Catholic History Month!

The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus designated November as Black Catholic Month, July 24, 1990, to celebrate this history and proud heritage of Black Catholics. This is a time for us to recognize the accomplishments of those who’ve gone before us and those who continue to be a model of living the Gospel. As we celebrate this month let us also pray during this National Vocations Awareness Week for an increase in Vocations to the Priesthood in the African American Community. Prayer for Vocations

ON THE ROAD TO SAINTHOOD

Pierre Toussaint was a lay person who devoted his life to the church. He was born a slave in Haiti in 1781 and it wasn’t until 1807 he was given his freedom.

Venerable Henrielle DeLille was born a free woman of color and founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1842.

Mother Mary Lange was foundress of Oblate Sisters of Providence, whose purpose was to educate and evangelize African Americans.

Fr. Augustus Tolton is said to be the first identified priest of African descent in the United States. Through adversity and isolation he dedicated his priestly life to evangelize black Catholics until his death in 1897 of heat exhaustion. http://www.toltoncanonization.org/


St. Josephine Bakhita was born in Sudan 1869 and died in 1947. She was kidnapped and sold into slavery, and yet through it all her unwavering faith called her to be with the Daughters of Charity. She was a witness of the love of God and community. She was well known for her humility and her kindness. Her feast Day is February 8. Source

St. Martin de Porres of Lima, Peru, was born in 1579 of a Spanish knight and freed African slave woman. He was a Dominican Brother who founded an orphanage and hospital, and ministered to hundreds of people from African who were forced into slavery in the western world. St. Martin is recognized in the Church as both the Patron saint of Peru and of the poor. Feast Day November 3.

Sr. Thea Bowman converted to Catholicism when she was a young girl and joyously spread the Gospel as her mission in life. As an adult she entered into the order of Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. Her trust in God enabled her to share her cultural and spiritual gifts. Her love for God was evident even as she battled cancer, which finally took her life in 1990. Source

Daniel Rudd is the founder of the National Black Catholic Congress, a gathering that began in 1889 to address the concerns of African American Catholics, such as education and employment. 5 congresses were held between 1889 and 1894. It wouldn’t be until 1987 the next congress would be held and has been every 5 years since. To learn more about Daniel Rudd and the National Black Catholic Congress click here.


SPIRIT OF SERVICE

The Office for Black Catholics held its first Leadership Awards Banquet in March 2017. There were just over 200 people in attendance to recognize adults and youth for their commitment to the Black Catholic Community in service.


Did you know…

The Office for Black Catholics in the Diocese of Richmond was established in 1981 and has played a vital role in building up the Church. In response to a request from the African-American community the Office had and continues to evangelize and take an active part to reflect the richness of our history and heritage. There are 3 predominantly African-American Parishes, Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, Holy Rosary in Richmond and St. Elizabeth in Richmond. There is currently one active African-American Priest, Msgr. Walter Barrett, Jr., in Hampton, VA. Fr. J. Steven Hickman is retired.

In 1890 the Josephites opened St. Joseph’s Church in Richmond as well as mission schools. They opened a mission in Norfolk and then in 1894 opened St. Joseph’s Church in Norfolk.

St. Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, was committed to the evangelization of African-American and Native American Catholics. Her sister Louise and her husband, in 1894, purchased Belmead at Rock Castle on the James River in Powhatan County. They opened a school for boys, St. Emma’s, in 1895 and then in 1899 opened a school for girls, St. Francis.
(source: Commonwealth Catholicism: A History of the Catholic Church in Virginia. Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J.)


Additional Resources:
Timeline of Black Catholic History http://www.uscatholic.org/church/2008/07/timeline-black-catholic-history

Process of Becoming a Saint https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/the-process-of-becoming-a-saint.html

Brothers and Sisters to Us http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/african-american/brothers-and-sisters-to-us.cfm


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