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 Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM)
July 4-8, 2016
 Archbishop James Patterson Lyke Conference
July 5-9, 2016
 Hope, Help, and Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse
May 7, 2016
 Year of Mercy Reflection Day!
July 18, 2016
 Third African National Eucharistic Congress
August 5-7, 2016
 Vocation Discernment Retreat For Single Women 17-35
August 5th, 2016
 Third African National Eucharistic Congress Sponsorship Opportunities
August 5-7, 2016
 Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our Life, Our Sweetness, And Our Hope!
August 13, 2016
 Holy Spirit Men’s Retreat
August 19-21, 2016
 Heavenly Host of Stars Gala
August 21, 2016
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June 21, 2016 to July 4, 2016

Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom

Theme: We invite you to gather, learn, pray, pilgrimage, and share!

Each year, dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21 - the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More - to July 4, Independence Day.

Location: Your local church community.

For more information: Contact your local parish for a list of activities.

June 27 - July 15, 2016

Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies

IBCS Summer Session

Location: Xavier University of Louisiana

Sponsored By: IBCS

For more information, contact:,, or 504-520-7691

July 4-8, 2016

Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM)

The USCCB & IBCS will offer Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers. This first time offering of BICM will address issues of particular interest for African American Catholic ministry: How to reach Black Catholics in a multicultural context; Best practices for ministry within the African diaspora; and Appreciating the Catholic experience through other eyes.

Location: IBCS at Xavier University

Sponsored By: USCCB & IBCS

Registration Info: Registration is now open at

For more information, contact:
Donna Grimes, Director of African American Affairs,
or 202.541.3178 or visit

July 5-9, 2016

Archbishop James Patterson Lyke Conference

Theme: Black Catholics - Fully Functional, Fully Committed

Meeting the liturgical needs of the Black Catholic community, this conference provides a culturally rich atmosphere encompassing music, art, ritual, along with other activities and experiences that will inspire and enable participants to enrich worship services in their own parishes.

Location: The Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas

Sponsored By:

Registration Info:
Access registration information at:
Hotel reservations may be made at:

For more information, contact:
210-341-1366 for more information

July 7-8, 2016

Hope, Help, and Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence and Abuse

Join leaders from across the nation to learn how the Church, through you, can respond in your own community. Leaders participate in a 2-day symposium on programs and resources grounded in Catholic Social Teaching that address domestic abuse, to be better prepared to champion a compassionate response in their parishes and dioceses.

Location: The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

Sponsored By: Catholic University of America; Catholic Charities USA; Catholic Charities of the Arch. of Washington; Catholic Charities of Diocese of Arlington; and USCCB Office of Justice, Peace and Human Development; USCCB Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, Youth.

Registration Info:
Register at: using Passcode canon1153

For more information, contact:
For more information, contact Dr. Sharon O’Brien, 301-651-8190,

Monday, July 18, 2016 – 9:00 AM

Year of Mercy Reflection Day!

Reflections on Pope Francis’ invitation to experience God’s unconditional love so we can share it with others. As the Year of Mercy continues, we will listen to the words of Jesus and insight by Pope Francis to embrace mercy more deeply in our lives and bring this gift to others.

Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center
5602 State Highway 317
PO Box 58, Belton, TX 76513

Cost: $35.00

Sponsored By: Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

Registration Info:

For more information, contact:
Phone: 254-780-2436 or

August 5th, 2016

Vocation Discernment Retreat For Single Women 17-35

Theme: Opening the door to the joy of mercy

An opportunity in this jubilee year of mercy to learn about or to discern the consecrated religious life as a vocation of mercy.

1655 McGill Ave.,
Mobile, AL 36604.

Cost: There is no charge

Sponsored By: Little Sisters of the Poor

Registration Info:
Early registration is appreciated @

For more information, contact:
Sr. Carolyn, LSP at (251) 591-3700

August 5-7, 2016

Third African National Eucharistic Congress

Theme: Responding to the New Evangelization: The African Catholic Family, a gift to the Church in America

This Eucharistic Congress is a powerful witness to the world of our faith in the Eucharist and the redeeming power of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. You are invited to attend the Congress and a special closing Eucharistic Celebration on Sunday, August 7, 2016, by 10:00 AM at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – Crypt Church.

Catholic University of America Pryzbyla Center

Sponsored By: The Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church in collaboration with the National Association of African Catholics in the United States (NAACUS) and the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS).

Registration Info:
Yolanda Taylor-Burwell, CMP Phone: 202-541-3152 or email:

August 5-7, 2016

Third African National Eucharistic Congress Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Third African National Eucharistic Congress.

The available levels are:

Diamond Sponsor Opportunity - $50,000 U.S.
Platinum Sponsor Opportunity - $20,000 U.S.
Gold Sponsor Opportunity - $10,000 U.S.
Silver Sponsor Opportunity - $5,000 U.S.
Bronze Sponsor Opportunity - $1,000 U.S.


Catholic University of America Pryzbyla University Center
620 Michigan Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20064

For more information, contact:

Mr. David Corrales Program Coordinator,
Cultural Diversity in the Church
3211 Fourth Street NE,
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: (202) 541-3035

Sr. Joanna Okereke,
HHCJ Assistant Director
Phone: (202) 541-3359

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our Life, Our Sweetness, And Our Hope!

Theme: Do you need to experience Mercy, Sweetness, and Hope? Come to Mary!

Join us for a day immersed in the love of God! Internationally acclaimed speaker, Patti Mansfield, is the Co-Liaison for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Please come to share in a tremendous day of healing and prayer.

The Center of Jesus the Lord at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Cost: $25 donations gently requested. Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored By: The Center of Jesus the Lord at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church

Registration Info:
To register, go to:

For more information, contact:
For more information, go to: or call 504-529-1636.

August 19-21, 2016

Holy Spirit Men’s Retreat

Theme: Take the Sword of the Spirit Which Is the Word of God

Speakers: will be Mark Nimo and Fr. Bo Majors

Lumen Christi Retreat Center, 100 Lumen Christi Blvd., Shriever, LA

Sponsored By: Catholic Carismatic Renewal

Registration Info:
Call 504-828-1368 or visit

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Heavenly Host of Stars Gala

Join the Sisters of the Holy Family for the Heavenly Host of Stars Gala, featuring a special guest appearance by Vanessa Williams. The celebrity chef is Mrs. Leah Chase. Proceeds to benefit the retirement fund for the elderly sisters and the ministries of the Order.

Hyatt Regency, New Orleans

Cost: TBA

Sponsored By: The Sisters of the Holy Family

Registration Info:

For more information, contact:
Call 504-241-3088 for more information.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Gospel Music Festival

Theme: Mercy is Our Mission

Join us for an evening of New Orleans style Gospel Music. Admission is free, however collections of monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be taken for Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Historic Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave., NOLA 70116

Cost: Free Admission

Sponsored By: Carver, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc., Second Harvest Food Bank,

For more information, contact:
Call 504-861-6207 or email:

September 22-25, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress

We are gathering the world’s foremost Theology of the Body experts and enthusiasts for an extraordinary three-day event you won’t want to miss!

Ontario California Convention Center

Sponsored By: Theology of the Body

Registration Info:
Early Bird Registration Opens March 2016

For more information, contact:
Questions? Email us at:

October 6-9, 2016

2016 National Black Catholic Men’s Conference

Theme: “Blessed is the Man who is Faithful, Fearless, Fruitful”

Join us as we gather in Christ’s presence in an atmosphere of trust, equality and anonymity to share personal feelings and experiences. We feel encouraged by the Holy Spirit to share with one another…Men to Men!

Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport, 4509 Island Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153

Cost: Adults: $150.00, High School & College Students $75.00, Youth 8-13 yrs. $50.00

Sponsored By: Society of the Divine Word, National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, The Josephites, and this year’s Regional Sponsor, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Deacon Bill Bradley, Office of Black Catholic Ministry.

Registration Info:
Register at:; mail registration payment to: Bowman Francis Ministry Project, Rev. Chester P. Smith, SVD, 815 East 58th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220.

For more information, contact:
For more information call, 317-259-0144 or visit

July 6-9, 2017

NBCC Congress XII



The NBCC Office will provide an 800 number and the necessary code for making your reservations at the discounted rate when they become available.

The registration fee schedule for Congress XII is as follows:

Adult Registration Fee
$295.00 (per person)

Youth Registration Fee
$150.00 (per person)

Vendor Registration Fee
$600.00 (per booth to include 2 people)

Hotel Registration Fee:

Single/Double/Triple/Quad: $125.00 plus tax per room per night (tax equals $13.50 per room per night for a total cost of $138.50 total per room per night).

Room rates are honored three days before and three days after NBCC arrival and departure dates, subject only to room availability.

9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Join us in Connecting to Our Faith: Preparing for Congress XII

A Day of Reflection

The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress will be held in Orlando, Florida from Thursday, July 6, 2017 to Sunday July 9, 2017. The theme is "The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: act justly, love goodness, and walk humbly with your God." This date may seem far in the future, but we can utilize the days, weeks and months ahead to properly prepare ourselves for Congress XII through A Day of Reflection.

What is a Day of Reflection?

A Day of Reflection is intended to offer opportunities for reflection and preparation for the upcoming Congress experience. Participants begin a time of prayer around the theme and are guided by NBCC staff and presenters. The goal of the reflection time is to build enthusiasm about the upcoming Congress XII.

For the Day of Reflection document, go to:

In addition, there are many activities that can be implemented after the Day of Reflection leading up to Congress XII. These activities will build excitement and keep participants engaged in investigating the issues impacting black Catholics today. For the Pre-Congress Activities document, go to:

New to NBCC Congresses? View the following videos of past Congresses to see what it's all about:
Congress X 2007 (Buffalo, New York) media link:
Congress XI 2012 (Indianapolis, Indiana) media link:

More news as it happens. Check here for updates.


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