Serves as a fraternity for Black Catholic Clergy and Religious to
support the spiritual, theological, educational, and ministerial
growth of its members. It is a vehicle to bring the contributions of
the Black Community to fruition within the Catholic Church. It wages
an attack on the institutional racism within the Catholic Church and
on the Church's support of White racism overall in the American Society.
Fr. Kenneth Taylor
The National Black Sisters' Conference was founded in 1968. We are a
national organization representing Black Catholic religious in the
United States. We the members of the National Black Sisters'
Conference, pledge ourselves to work unceasingly for the liberation of
black people. We black religious women see ourselves as gifted with
the choicest of God's blessings. The gift of our womanhood, that
channel through which the Son of God Himself chose to come into the
human race, endows us with those qualities and prerogatives, which are
designed for the deliverance of humanity.
President: Sr. Callista Robinson
Sister Josita Colbert, SNDdeN
Sr. Gayle Lwanga Crumbley, RGS
The National Association of Black Catholic Administrators was founded
in 1976, is dedicated to provide a forum for Black Catholic
Administrators to gather and share their collective resources to
effectively address the spiritual needs, issues, and concerns facing
the African American communities we serve.
Deacon Art Miller
Vanessa Griffin Campbell
Web site: www.nabcaonline.com
Fredron Dekarlos Blackmon, Obl.S.B.
Office: Supreme Knight and Chief Executive Officer
Sixteenth Supreme Knight of the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. He is the Past
President of the Gulf Coast Conference; previously serving as the Gulf Coast
Conference Vice President and Grand Knight of the Sir Knight Charles T. Smoot
Council No. 286 of Huntsville. He is a native of Mobile, the birthplace of
Claverism. Sir Knight Blackmon served with distinction in the U.S. Army
Chaplains' Corps. He holds undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees to include
a Masters of Business Administration in Public Management and a Masters of Arts
in Pastoral Ministry from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He is the
pastoral associate and director of liturgy and music for Saint Joseph Catholic
Church, and taught vocal music and theology at Pope John Paul II Catholic High
School in Huntsville, Alabama. He is married to Gracious Lady Kanobia A.
Russell-Blackmon of Mobile.
Mrs. Vertelle A. Kenion
Office: Supreme Lady, KPCLA
Supreme Lady of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary. She is an active
member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Court #110 for 32 years and a member of the
Meritorious Fourth Degree Division, Ladies of Grace, Father Egbert J. Figaro
Chapter 45. She has served her Court as Grand Lady, Treasurer and Financial
Secretary. She served as President, Area Deputy and District Deputy of the Gulf
Coast. She is an active and dedicated member of St. Patrick Catholic Church
where she serves as Minister of the Word, Catechist, a member of the Pastoral
Finance Council and Building Committee. She also serves on the Office of Ethnic
Ministry Advisory Board. Her affiliations include: YWCA of Greater Charleston,
Inc., National Council of Negro Women, National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People, The Trident Urban League and the MOJA Arts Festival Planning
Committee. Gracious Lady Kenion is an entrepreneur, community activist,
fundraiser and organizer. She resides in Charleston, South Carolina and is
married to Brother Melvin L. Kenion.
The National Black Catholic Seminarians Association (NBCSA) prides
itself on the bonds of brotherhood, which our members share among
themselves and with their confreres in their respective houses of
formation. We seek to discern, identify and accentuate those
spiritual, cultural, and ecclesial experiences in which we share. Our
apostolic focus is on vocations and those who work with black
vocations. We hope to enterprise in gathering and mobilizing our
spiritual and cultural gifts for the good of the larger church. The
NBCSA mission is not an exclusive, separatist or militant
organization. But, one that is spiritually universal.
The mission of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies is to prepare
men and women for evangelical leadership in the Black Catholic
communities of the United States. To this end, the Institute offers
the Master of Pastoral Theology taught from a Black Catholic
perspective, and a cluster of Certificate and Enrichment programs.
Dr. Pamela Franco, Acting Director
African American Bishops
Most Rev. Martin D. Holley
Most Rev. Joseph Perry
Most Rev. John Ricard, SSJ
Web site: www.usccb.org
African American Affairs - Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
Donna Grimes, Assistant Director
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Responsibilities: Staff the USCCB
Subcommittee on African American Affairs, providing guidance to the chairman,
members and consultants to promote the goals and objectives of the
Subcommittee; which is mandated to assist the Committee on Cultural Diversity
in the Church and other USCCB committees to affirm the gifts and contributions
of African American Catholics and to provide more opportunities for African
Americans to engage in the life of the Church.
Fundamentally, I view my role as a resource to
African American Catholics working with and through diocesan staff and
national organizations that serve the pastoral needs of African American
Catholics. To that end, I serve as a catalyst, facilitator, advocate, listener
and prayer partner for Catholics of African descent.
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