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Upcoming Events
 Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power & Privilege Retreat
May 7, 2016
 Domestic Violence Workshop
May 7, 2016
 14th Annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage
May 7, 2016
 FREE Healing of Families Worldwide Webinar with Fr. Yozefu (Joseph) Ssemakula
May 9, 2016
 The Way Healing Retreat for Female Survivors of Abuse
May 13, 2016
 Together in God’s Love Marriage Retreat Weekend
May 13, 2016
 22nd Annual Memorial Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost
May 15, 2016
 St. Martin's Church 2016 Pentecost Concert
May 15, 2016
 Montclair’s African Heritage Day Parade
June 4, 2016
 GIVEN: the Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum
June 7, 2016
 Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference (IAACEC)
June 9, 2016
 WOMEN'S RETREAT: Finding Afresh the God of Our Longing
June 10, 2016
 Corpus Christi Church 100th Anniversary Celebration
June 12-19, 2016
 Standing on the Rock, a guided retreat for Black Catholics
June 17, 2016
 Office for Black Catholics Annual Young Adult Retreat
June 17-19, 2016
 Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom
June 21-July, 4 2016
 “You Show Me the Path to Life”
June 26, 2016
 Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies
June 27, 2016
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 National Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 5th, 2016
 Makeup of mission dioceses reflects U.S. church’s changing demographics
 Chosen: Helping teens fall in love with the truth, beauty and joy of Christ and his Church.
 Parishes Shine in the Year of Mercy
 Will Birmingham Give Birth to National Racial Reconciliation?
 A Summary of Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)
 Pittsburgh’s 2016 Juneteenth Festival & Bicentennial Event
 Why there’s hope for Catholic liturgical music
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Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power & Privilege Retreat

Our series on “Catholic Encounters with Race” will continue with a day retreat exploring the relationship between our Catholic faith, racial inequality and the work for justice. We’re delighted to welcome Sr. Patty back to St. Boniface after her dynamic 2014 Women in the Church lecture and to welcome Sr. Anne-Louise for the first time.

Newman Hall, 111 Willoughby St. (at Duffield St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Cost: Donations accepted

Sponsored By: Adult Faith Formation and Social Justice Committees of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface

For more information, contact:

Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM

Domestic Violence Workshop

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28. Join us as keynote speakers, Renesia Martin, author of the memoir, Don’t Hit My Mama! And Dr. Rita L. Robinson, a licensed professional counselor, will offer information and encouragement on those associated with domestic violence.

St. Joseph Catholic Church
711 N. Columbus St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Cost: Free, lunch provided

Sponsored By: The Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary
Mother Mary Lange Court 398

Registration Info:
To register, email Nancy McCormick at on or before May 4, 2016.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

14th Annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage

Join Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to The United Nations as he celebrates mass and presents a homily. Time is included for confession, procession and call to prayer, rosary and Holy Mass.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
00 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20017

Sponsored By: The Asian and Pacific Catholic Network in collaboration with the USCCB’s Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church

For more information, contact:
Sr. Myrna Tordillo at 202-541-3384, e-mail,
or Dr. Fred Semendy at 703-472-2032, e-mail

May 9-14, 2016 at 8:00 PM (EST)

FREE Healing of Families Worldwide Webinar with Fr. Yozefu (Joseph) Ssemakula

Join us for the first Healing of Families Worldwide Webinar. Fr. Yozefu (Joseph) Ssemakula will teach the Healing of Families method.

Location: Online

Sponsored By: Association of the Precious Blood and the Healing of Families Ministry

For more information, contact:

May 13-15, 2016

The Way Healing Retreat for Female Survivors of Abuse

Theme: The Way is a 3-day guided meditation and prayer program for women whose abuse by another has deeply affected their heart, mind, body and soul.

The Way is a path to take to find answers to these and many other questions for which your heart, mind, body, and soul have been searching. This is where your healing journey begins, through three days of guided meditations and prayer.

Sponsored By: Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program

Registration Info:
To request an application to attend a retreat: Sue Stubbs MS, NCC, Director, Victim Assistance Program. 404-920-7554 or email

Friday, May 13 at 7:30 PM – Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Together in God’s Love Marriage Retreat Weekend

A special weekend-retreat adaptation of the 4-session marriage preparation series, the “Together in God’s Love” retreat focuses on Catholic marriage as a visible sign of the Holy Trinity and the relationship of Christ to the Church. The weekend includes talks on faith, communication, sexuality, and stewardship in the context of Catholic marriage.

Location: Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton, TX

Cost: $350.00 per couple

Sponsored By: Family Life Office

Registration Info:
Visit for online registration

For more information, contact:
Fernanda Jaimes 512-949-2492

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 12:00 noon

22nd Annual Memorial Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost

Please join in prayer as we honor the men and women who are serving or have served in the Armed Forces, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Sacrament of Penance at 10:00 - 11;45 AM
Musical Prelude at 11:45 AM
Holy Mass at Noon
Reception to follow the Mass at the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, The Catholic University of America

Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20017

Sponsored By: The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

Registration Info: RSVP requested by May 11, 2016 Register online:

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM

St. Martin’s Church 2016 Pentecost Concert

Join us for a concert filled with traditional, gospel, African choirs, and the special guest dance troupe, Spectrum.

St. Martin’s Catholic Church
1908 North Capitol St.
NW, Washington, DC 20002

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door

Sponsored By: St. Martin’s Church

Registration Info: Additional directions and/or discount ticket information, call 202-232-1144

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Montclair’s African Heritage Day Parade

Let us share the message about the cause for the Canonization of Venerable Henriette Delille

Meet at Glenfield School
Maple Avenue
Montclair, NJ

Sponsored By: Cause for the Canonization of Henriette Delille

For more information, contact:
Susan at 973-224-3073 or Tina at 973-432-7167

June 7-12, 2016

GIVEN: the Catholic Young Women's Leadership Forum

GIVEN is a full-scholarship, week-long immersion in faith formation, leadership training, and networking with the purpose of fostering the feminine genius and responding to Pope Francis' call to activate women's gifts in the Church.

Location: The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Sponsored By: The Sisters of Life

For more information about applying:
Go to:

June 9-12, 2016

Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference (IAACEC)

Theme: You Are My Witnesses

This bi-annual conference is designed to equip and empower all who attend, particularly our youth and young adults. It joins more than 800 participants from various cities in the Southeast and Southwest regions and exposes them to presentations relation to evangelization, ministry, spirituality, relationships, leadership, parish finances, critical health issues, youth ministry and more.

Galt House Hotel, 104 N. 4th St.,
Louisville, KY 40202 (This is for the George Findley Ministry Institute and the IAACEC)

Cost: George Findley Ministry Institute, Thursday, June 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Early Bird Registration Fee - $100.00 on or before May 15, 2016; Registration Fee - $125.00 after May 15, 2016. IAACEC, Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 12, 2016, Early Bird Registration Fee - $150.00 on or before May 15, 2016; Registration Fee - $180.00 before June 1, 2016; Late Registration Fee - $200.00 after June 1, 2016.

Sponsored By: Interregional African American Catholic Evangelization Conference

Registration Info:
The registration form can be downloaded here: Send registrations to: IAACEC, c/o St. Peter Claver Catholic Church/Christina Weathers, 485 W. Fourth St., Lexington, KY 40508.

For more information, contact:
J. Vincent Johnson, 901-634-0037 or email

Friday, June 10 at 4:00 PM to Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM

WOMEN’S RETREAT: Finding Afresh the God of Our Longing

This weekend retreat will help us explore fresh discoveries of God and our true selves. By appreciating the ever permanent but always surprising presence of God in our lives, we can discover the great “treasure in the field” which St. Matthew tells us is right under our noses (Matthew 13:44).

Location: 5500 St. Mary Street, Metairie, LA 70006

Sponsored By: Archdiocese of New Orleans

Registration Info:
Contact the Retreat/Hospitality Coordinator Susan Halligan at,
(504) 267-9604 or 1-866-937-9170.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 to Sunday, June 19, 2016

Corpus Christi Church 100th Anniversary Celebration

Theme: Coming Together as the Body of Christ

Join us for Gospel Explosion 2016!! Events begin on June 12 at 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM with Exposition of the Eucharist following 10:00 AM Mass until 6:30 PM. Daily Monday June 13-Friday, June 17. Adoration from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Reflections from Fr. Henry Davis & Fr. David Begany, SSJ at 5:30 PM. Revival Nights at 6:30 PM June 15, 16, 17.

Location: Corpus Christi-Epiphany Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

Sponsored By: Corpus Christi-Epiphany Church

For more information:
Call 504-945-8931 for more information.

June 17-18, 2016

Standing on the Rock, a guided retreat for Black Catholics

Invest in your spirituality! Standing on the Rock in a weary land, in the time and trouble and for the rest of my life! Sr. Cora Marie Billings, RSM is the retreat master.

Mundelein Seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Chicago, Illinois

Cost: $200 all inclusive: transportation, meals, overnight accommodation

Registration Info:
Register with payment at

For more information, contact:
312.577.0475 or

June 17-19, 2016

Office for Black Catholics Annual Young Adult Retreat

Theme: Chosen to be God's People

Join other faith-filled young adults as we answer the call to share the wonderful deeds of God during this Year of Mercy. The weekend includes prayer, fellowship, small group discussions as well as exciting outdoor activities: popcorn bonfire and hiking. The retreat ends with Sunday Mass, 11:00am at St. Bede Catholic Church.

Location: Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center 9275 Barnes Road, Toano, VA 23168

Cost: $85 non refundable (includes lodging, meals and materials)

Sponsored By: Office for Black Catholics/ Catholic Diocese or Richmond

Registration Info: Register online at For more information please contact Katie Lemza, or (804) 622-5262.

For more information: Call (804) 622-5262 or email

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.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM

“You Show Me the Path to Life”

Theme: Celebrating the Faith of Africa

The Diocesan African Catholic Community invites you to celebrate the Faith of Africa. You will be enriched with traditional music and song. There will be a reception with traditional foods of Africa immediately following the Liturgy.

St, Agnes-Our Lady of Fatima Church
6800 Lexington Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103

Sponsored By: Diocesan African Catholic Community

For more information::
Please contact Vanessa Griffin Campbell at 216-696-6525 or 800-869-6525 ext. 3020 or

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

Save the Date: 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

Thursday, July 7, 2016 8:00 AM – Friday, July 8, 2016 5:00 PM

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.

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 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 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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