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Let the Children Come to Me: How We Saved Our Catholic School

Rev. Mr. Mark Bristol“And Jesus said to them: ‘Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these’” (Luke 18:16). It was September 2007. I was three years into my pastorate at the historic St. Augustine Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Washington. Our school had just received its notice of termination: with 175 students, it would close in June 2008 along with seven other parish schools serving predominantly African American students.

Flash forward nine years. We did not close but are still here today alive and well! We have more than 200 students enrolled in PreK-3 through 8th Grade. Our parish has been responsible for the day-to-day management and financing of our parish school since 2008. Our survival is no longer reliant on a single funding entity. In fact, about 25 percent of our income comes from fundraising from individuals and foundations.

How did we turn it around? And what can others learn from our experience? I think there are five main factors that explain the resurgence of Saint Augustine Catholic School... Full Story

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 St. Katharine Drexel Shrine put up for sale
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Year of Mercy: Opportunities for Addressing Racism
Year of Mercy: Opportunities for Addressing Racism
- In recent articles and appearances throughout the world, Pope Francis, through the wisdom and vision of God and the Holy Spirit, has instructed us on his insightful teachings of Mercy. Pope Francis has provided the people of God with a mandate regarding how we as Christian sisters and brothers should treat others who are different because of color, economics, religion and social standing. He reminds us: “all who are different are indeed children of God”. As the Lord grants mercy to the merciful, we must in turn show mercy to others.

Second Time Around - In 1979 the music group Shalamar sang a hit song “Second Time Around.” The title of that smooth dance tune describes the blessings of the second round of grants of the Daniel Rudd Fund of the National Black Catholic Congress. The Daniel Rudd Fund (DRF) was established by the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) Board of Trustees on Friday, November 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a result of donations to the Congress to promote the ministry of African American Catholics.

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The Future is Bright in the Knights of Peter Claver!The Future is Bright in the Knights of Peter Claver! - The Emerging Leaders of the Knights of Peter Claver, Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary is comprised of vibrant, ambitious leaders from the ages 18 to 35. The Emerging Leaders was a national initiative established by Past Supreme Knight A. Jackie Ellie and Past Supreme Lady Leodia Gooch as a means to increase the knowledge, recognition, participation, and understanding of young adult Clavers

Setting yourself up for success: Things you can do while you’re an undergradSetting yourself up for success: Things you can do while you’re an undergrad - It may be ideal to attend graduate school after you’ve become a junior expert in your field through work experience. But if you are determined to go to grad school directly from undergraduate-and in fact, there are some fields in which this is encouraged-this section will help you prepare.

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Jeff Mallory – Duquesne UniversityJeff Mallory – Duquesne University - Every once in a while you get the chance to like someone before you actually meet or see them. Their spirit precedes them. In most cases your preconceived notions of that person are enhanced when they walk through the door…especially when they are 6’11”. I’d like to introduce you to a new friend and recent convert to our faith, Jeff Mallory.

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Last Call for Large Photo of 10 African American Bishops
Last Call for Large Photo of 10 African American Bishops
- A remaining few copies of the 14” x 11” color photograph of our shepherds, prior to Bishop Cheri’s ordination, are available upon request - FREE on a first come basis, while supplies last!

Pope Francis visits the Rebibbia prison in Rome.
You have my gratitude, Pope Francis tells prison chaplains
- “The challenge is to help people to realize that we are of one faith, one baptism and that we can enrich the church and each other through our cultural diversity,” Bishop Guillory said during an interview in Beaumont.

Pope Francis visits the Rebibbia prison in Rome
130th Anniversary of Ordination of Father Augustus Tolton
- On Monday April 25, 2016, the Norbertine parish St. John the Baptist in Costa Mesa was the site of a Solemn Pontifical High Mass offered by Bishop Joseph Perry, from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Twelve inducted into Baltimore Catholic League Hall of FameTwelve inducted into Baltimore Catholic League Hall of Fame - Wells called it “one of the greatest nights” for him. He said not only did he become the first African-American coach to be inducted, but three players he coached at either the youth or high school level — Chavez, Robinson and Tubman — were honored alongside him.

Chicago archbishop helps parish build neighborhood peace
Chicago archbishop helps parish build neighborhood peace
- The city of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood leads a noteworthy list, but one its residents would rather not be on. “As of April 25, the Austin community - our community, our immediate community - led Chicago in 23 homicides and 101 people being shot.

The Future of the African American Past
The Future of the African American Past
- In October 1983, a generation of senior historians gathered at Purdue University under the auspices of the AHA to share what they had learned about the African American past and to establish what issues still needed to be explored.

Christians in Nigeria are essentially ‘target practice’ – here’s one bishop’s responseChristians in Nigeria are essentially ‘target practice’ – here’s one bishop’s response - For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day. In the diocese of Sokoto, located in northern Nigeria, ministry includes not only the normal sacramental and pastoral concerns of any other diocese.

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ConfirmationIdentical Twin Sisters - Called To Religious Life -Becoming a nun is a special vocational calling. Becoming a nun as an African American is a very special and unique calling. However, what descriptive words can you use when you have African American identical twin sisters called to religious life? Well, this is exactly what happened in the lives of Sister Patricia Ralph, SSJ and Sister Lynn Marie Ralph, SBS. This is a brief story of how two women, identical twins, who happen to be African American, who have proven that God can do anything when He calls you by name.

PurgatoryPurgatory - The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). It notes that “this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (CCC 1031).

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No Diets! How Parents Can Help Kids Learn Healthy Eating HabitsAfrican Americans and Kidney Disease
- Due to high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, Blacks and African Americans have an increased risk of developing kidney failure. Blacks and African Americans need to be aware of these risk factors and visit their doctor or clinic regularly to check their blood sugar, blood pressure, urine protein and kidney function.

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Father Augustus Tolton: The First Recognized Black Catholic Priest in AmericaFather Augustus Tolton: The First Recognized Black Catholic Priest in America - Augustus Tolton, born into slavery, was first black man known to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States. While he is still largely unknown to most Catholics, the Black Catholic community in this country has never forgotten his name. Born in Missouri in 1854, Tolton spent his first years in slavery in Ralls County. After the outbreak of the Civil War in April of 1861, his father left to fight for the Union Army, never to return. His mother led the family to freedom in Quincy, Illinois.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. - Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., born to a large family in Saskatchewan in 1947, is a specialist in the fields of spirituality and systematic theology. His regular column, In Exile, is featured in almost 100 newspapers across five different countries, and the following is an excerpt.

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After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram
- A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram…. Bishop Dashe said he has a strong devotion to Christ’s mother, and that “I never joke with ‘Mamma Mary.’ I know she is here with us.”

St. Katharine Drexel Shrine put up for sale
St. Katharine Drexel Shrine put up for sale
- The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, announced that it will sell its historic motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The 44-acre property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her tomb.

New Data Shows Female-Headed Households See Higher Levels of Poverty, Hunger
New Data Shows Female-Headed Households See Higher Levels of Poverty, Hunger
- Women, particularly single mothers, are disproportionately affected by poverty and hunger, according to a new analysis, Hunger and Poverty among Female-Headed Households, released today by the Bread for the World Institute.

Domestic Violence Workshop held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Alexandria, Virginia
Domestic Violence Workshop held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Alexandria, Virginia
- According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), a woman in the U.S. is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds, and on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, and one in three women and one in four men are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime

Congress XII Update: The National Black Catholic CongressCongress XII Update: The National Black Catholic Congress - Dear NBCC Friends and Associates: In keeping with the mission of the National Black Catholic Congress, established by NBCC founder Daniel Rudd, Congress XII will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Florida, from July 6th through the 9th, 2017.

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St. Augustine High School (St. Aug), New Orleans, LA Seeks President/CEO - Would you like to positively impact society through education and continue a legacy of academic excellence? Are you a visionary, experienced senior executive that is comfortable with leading an institution rich with history and a highly regarded national reputation and guiding them to even higher heights? If so, we want to hear from you!

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