The Influence of College Experiences on Women’s Vocational Discernment to Religious Life -
In fall 2014, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at
Georgetown University asked major superiors of institutes of women religious in
the United States for contact information for entering, newly professed, and
recent vocations to their institutes in the United States. These superiors
identified 209 new entrants, 114 newly professed, and more than 1,000
perpetually professed women who had entered religious life since 2000.
Youth & Young Adults >>
Peer Pressure: Its Influence on Teens and Decision Making
- “There are two main features that seem to distinguish teenagers from adults in
their decision making,” says Laurence Steinberg, a researcher at Temple
University in Philadelphia. “During early adolescence in particular, teenagers
are drawn to the immediate rewards of a potential choice and are less attentive
to the possible risks. Second, teenagers in general are still learning to
control their impulses, to think ahead, and to resist pressure from others.”
9 Inspiring Quotes on Chastity to Help You In Your Battle for Sexual Purity One of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life is to
master the virtue of chastity. It seems that everywhere we turn the world is pulling us away from the ideals God calls us to.
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NBCC Servant of Christ Award presented to Our Mother of Mercy School president at Congress XI -
In establishing its new Servant of Christ Award this year, the National Black
Catholic Congress (NBCC) was searching for black Catholic leaders across the
country who best personified Christian servant-leadership qualities in
Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853) - Pierre Toussaint was born a slave in Haiti in 1766 but spent most of his adult life, from 1797 to 1853, in New York City in the United States of America. The French family in Haiti who owned him, Bérard by name, treated him much more humanely than other slave owners: they gave him the chance to learn to read and write and made him learn the art of hairdressing.
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Low Number of Black Americans Following Religious Life - Low numbers Grimes said can be traced back to the dark documented history in the Church, centering around three R’s: “resistance, reluctance and religious orders.”
In memoriam: Leon Henderson
- A funeral Mass was to be celebrated for Leon Henderson, president emeritus of
Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School, Jan. 8 at Immaculate Conception
Church in Baton Rouge, La. Mr. Henderson, 68, died Jan. 3 in Baton Rouge due to
complications of ALS. Fontbonne University recognized Henderson in 2011 for
Distinguished Service in Education with a Founders Award.
Because of God’s Mercy - If your experience has been similar to mine, you may recall that when you were incorporated into the life of Christ and the life of the church through the sacraments of initiation, you were called a “soldier for Christ.” As such, we were expected to be staunch defenders of the faith.
To be Saved, Anatok (an African-American and Religious Landmark) Needs Help TODAY
- The mansion, Anatok, in which Rudd was born is facing possible demolition as
the neighboring Bethlehem High School seeks to expand. Though preservationists
were successful in obtaining a temporary injunction on demolition, the time is
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, available in hardcover and paperback from Random House, is a New York Times Bestseller. Just Mercy presents the story of EJI, the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.”
Annual MLK Mass honors service, showcases diversity - About 20 minutes before the start of the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass Jan. 9 in Little Rock, a young man leaned over in the pew and flagged down one of the many passers-by seeing to last minute details. “Excuse me, I’m a visitor here,” he said, his eyes puzzled. “Is there something special going on tonight?”
Remarks of President Barack Obama - State of the Union Address As Delivered - The White House is once again making the full text of the State of the Union widely available online. The text, as prepared for delivery, is also available on Medium and Facebook notes, continuing efforts to meet people where they are and make the speech as accessible as possible.
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The best kept secret of the Catholic Church - its social teachings
- There are four core principles in the Catholic Church’s social teaching: the dignity of the human person, the pursuit of the common good, the value of solidarity, and subsidiarity-the idea that higher decision-making bodies should not restrict lower-level action.
Health & Wellness >>
difference between a Hoarder and a Clutterer - While both terms are used to denote someone who accumulates many things to the point of it becoming a problem there still is a difference. Someone who Hoards has psychiatric condition that affects less than 1 % of the population. Cluttering affects millions of people.
How not to say the wrong thing - Susan Silk and Barry Goldman explain the ‘Ring Theory’ of kvetching for any crises - medical, legal, romantic, or other. Using the Ring Theory, you can identify the layer of support you should be prepared to offer the person at the center of the crises, and what you are permitted to say to that person and those closest to the ‘center of the Ring.’
Recommended Reading >>
The Name of God Is Mercy - In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart-mercy-which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.
Author Spotlight >>
Fr. Tony Ricard of the Archdiocese of New Orleans - Fr. Tony has written a number of books, including: “I Still Believe: A Testimony of Faith After the Storm,” “Don’t Be Stupid! Lessons You Should Already Know,” “I Don’t Make Them Up! Reflections, Stories and Jokes from a Faithful Fool,” “Keepin’ It Real: Reflections on Faith, Hope and Forgiveness,” “The Eagle Story” and “Diary of An Unapologetic Roman Catholic Priest.”
NBCC News >>
Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) seminar - Summer 2016 - USCCB Collaboration with the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS Summer Program) at Xavier University in New Orleans: During Week 2, July 4-8, 2016, USCCB & IBCS will offer the Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) seminar.
Watch Interviews of Black Catholics speaking of their experiences concerning the Church and Civil Rights - Check-out the newly posted interview by Fr. Manuel Williams, Pastor of Resurrection Catholic Mission in Montgomery AL and Resurrection parishioner, civil rights attorney and advocate Milton Davis, Esq. View conversations with Mr. Ronald Jackson, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Catholic Charities USA and more!
Visit We Are Salt And Light to educate your network about Catholic social teaching and tradition - Equip the community you serve with prayers, advocacy skills, success stories, information about issues that matter to people of faith and so much more
“The biblical call to charity, justice and peace claims not only each believer, but each community” (USCCB, Communities of Salt and Light, 1994). Check out this fully up-to-date online clearinghouse and share it on social media!
Light and shadows: Skin bleaching in Uganda - Living in Uganda in 2013, German photographer Anne Ackermann couldn’t ignore the sight of light-skinned women with obviously dark feet, elbows and joints. Skin lightening is a common practice among many women in Uganda, however Ackermann states, “There seems to be a strong desire for browner or fairer skin,” […] “Yet at the same time, there is shame and secrecy to it.”
NBCC Special Report >>
The National Black Catholic Congress website is changing! - Look for our new, more appealing and user-friendly website in the very near future. We look forward to being able to bring you features such as up-to-the-minute news stories, prayer requests, and blogs, among other things.
Employment Opportunities >>
New Employment Opportunities
- St. Luke Productions, a film production company in Washington State, is seeking a talented, faithful African American Catholic actor to play the role of Fr. Augustus Tolton. Vice President of Finance / Chief Financial Officer Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington and Term Assistant Professor, Catholic Educational Leadership at University of San Francisco.
- Help Save the World through the 33 Days of Divine Mercy Consecration
Beginning March 1, 2016
- Annual Augustus Tolton Lecture
March 1, 2016
- Marriage On A Lampstand
March 3-5, 2016
- Young Adult Retreat
March 4, 2016
- National Medical Association (NMA) 2016 Health Policy Colloquium
March 4-6, 2016
- 29th Annual Acacia Awards Celebration
March 5, 2016
- Unbound: Freedom in Christ Conference
March 10-12, 2016
- Equal Justice Initiative's (EJI) Annual Benefit Dinner
April 5th, 2016
- Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies 2016 Sr. Eva Regina Martin, S.S.F. Ph.D. Lecture
April 6, 2016
- The Oblate Sisters of Providence’s Womens’ Retreat
April 9, 2016
- The Black Catholic Convocation for the Archdiocese of Washington Parishes
April 30, 2016
For full details on upcoming events visit The NBCC Events or the Calendar page.
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