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Fr. Steve Thorne

Douglas HunterFr. Steve Thorne was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 and has served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia ever since. He is currently the pastor of St. Martin DePorres Church in Philadelphia. Fr. Thorne has had a connection with the NBCC for over 25 years, and since 1987, Fr. Thorne has been involved either officially or unofficially with the Congress.

Fr. Thorne brings his exceptional experience as an asset to the NBCC. From 2004-2011, he served as the Director of the Office for Black Catholics in Philadelphia. Bishop Ricard specifically requested that Fr. Thorne be a Special Assistant for preparing and implementing the 11th annual Congress. Fr. Thorne received his vocation from attending one of NBCC's Congresses.


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Religious Communities

The Josephites
The Josephites (St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart, S.S.J.) was founded by Mill Hill Fathers in 1871.

The Society of the Divine Word
The Society of the Divine Word North American Province was found in 1897 with its headquarters in Illinois.

Oblate Sisters of Providence
The Oblate Sisters of Providence was found by Reverend Jacques Joubert and Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange.

Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament was established to minister to Native Americans and African Americans.

Sisters of the Holy Family
The Sisters of the Holy Family began its ministry to educate and care for the children of slaves.

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Our Mother of Africa ChapelOur Mother Of Africa Chapel
A Celebration Of Love And Freedom Expressed In Art And Architecture

This Chapel expresses the devotion of African Americans to Our Blessed Lady and our abiding faith in her intercession on our behalf before her Divine Son. Click here for more Chapel Info

Worldwide Count of Black Catholics: View Statistics

At the dawn of the Third Millennium, the year 2000 A. D., there will be 200 million Catholics of African descent throughout the world.  *Research done by The Catholic African World Network. View Statistics

"I have given everything to my Master: He will take care of me…"
"..The best thing for us is not what we consider best, but what the Lord wants of us! "
More info on Saint Josephine Bakhita

Saint Anthony the Great of Thebes

St. Anthony is called the Patriarch of Monks. He was born at Aama, village south of Memphis, near Thebes. His parents were rich Christians. Shortly after inheriting his parents' fortune, he sold all his vast fortune and gave the proceeds to the poor, sent his sister to a nunnery and retired to an old ruin of a tomb. He ate only every three or four days and spent his time at manual labor and prayer. See Full List

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