- When Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina received a grant from the Daniel Rudd Fund, they took it seriously. The school was among the twelve initiatives in the African American Catholic community that shared $95,000 from the Fund in its 2014 grant process. These organizations ranged from schools, parishes, and national groups, which developed one aspect of the Pastoral Plan of the National Black Catholic Congress.
Youth & Young Adults
What We’ve Seen and Heard...Black Lives Matter - The past three weeks have awakened a sleeping giant in Baltimore. For some, the incidents brought back horrible memories of a time long past; for others the incidents renewed inherent fears of Baltimore City and Black people in general. For some the incidents could be described as a feeling of taking back the power and making a clear and definitive statement that, “Enough is enough, I will not tolerate the deplorable conditions that diminish my humanity any longer. I will not stand idly by while family members, friends and community members continue to be victimized, abused and killed by police officers whose actions appeared to be sanctioned by law enforcement. My life matters.”
Deacon Ira E. Chase - The NBCC interviewed Deacon Ira Chase on his call to the permanent diaconate and serves at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Mass. If you have a chance to watch Mass from the Shrine on a Sunday, and you will see Deacon Chase in his ministry.
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Bishop Edward Braxton’s letter on the shooting in Charleston, SC
- Once again, our country is stunned by the mass murders of innocent fellow human beings, this time in a place of worship. Once again, there are expressions of shock and outrage. Once again, some public officials are urging the enactment of reasonable laws governing the possession and use of guns in our communities. Once again, these pleas will probably go unheeded.
USCCB President Delivers Statement On Race Relations At General Assembly
- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), delivered a statement on race relations at their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10.
What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice
New Xavier President
Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Josephites
Legacy of Cyprian Davis fondly remembered
Catholics say final farewell to Chicago’s Cardinal George
Student Sues Catholic High School For Failing To Combat Racial Harassment From Classmates
US bishops, black evangelicals discuss family life on anniversary of Moynihan report
Black clergy group goes to Vatican before Pope’s visit
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Serenity in a Seed
- I am enamored of the Liturgical Life of the Church and the wonderful cycles that take us throughout the year. In truth, I have a hard time getting off my Easter “high” and returning to Ordinary Time after Pentecost. I am always so grateful that we have the great Solemnities of Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi, not to mention the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Heart to usher in the Season of Green.
Health & Wellness >>
Combating Heart Disease -
Million Hearts® and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign aimed at preventing heart attacks and strokes. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and African-American men are more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic white men. To help address this health disparity, the CDC Foundation is partnering with Pfizer and Quest Diagnostics to launch the Million Hearts® “Healthy is Strong” initiative.
Book of the Month
Biblical Literacy Made Easy
- This practical guide provides catechists, teachers, and youth ministers with the foundational background necessary to form biblically literate young people. In just a few hours they will learn to teach the ABC's of biblical literacy to young people through: Access, Big picture and Context.
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Dr. Shannen Dee Williams - Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is a historian of the United States and the black Catholic diaspora and an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she teaches courses in U.S., African-American, women’s, civil rights, and religious history. Williams earned a Ph.D. in history and a graduate certificate in women and gender studies from Rutgers University in 2013. She also holds an M.A. in Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a B.A. in history with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Agnes Scott College.
Beyond the Color of Skin: Encounters with Religions and Racial Injustice in America, by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is an inspiring memoir of one man's effort to help people live their lives in justice, true freedom and racial equality.
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