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Upcoming Events
 Fourth Annual Conference for Priests Becoming a Better Confessor
July 7, 2015
 Life of Hope Center (LOH)
July 7, 2015
 Support Group for friends and families of those in prison
July 13, 2015
 Support the Black and Indian Missions Collection
July 18, 2015
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July 7 – 9, 2015

Fourth Annual Conference for Priests Becoming a Better Confessor

Using the Virtues and Vices in the Confessional

Guided by the wisdom of the Thomistic tradition, this fourth annual summer conference will consist of practical talks and roundtable discussions on issues of immediate relevance to the life of contemporary priests.

Basilica Of The Assumption
409 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

$195 (regular); $175 (early registration, before April 27, 2015) Includes two catered dinners, all conference materials, and light refreshments during the day

Sponsorsed By:
The Thomistic Institute & The Archdiocese of Baltimore

For more information, contact:
For more information and to register:, or call (202) 495-1170

Summer Session: July 7, 2015 Fall Session: October 5, 2015

Life of Hope Center (LOH)

LOH is excited to share with you news about their summer youth and family programs for the Haitian community. Programs include young adult literacy, after school computer and literacy, career/college test preps, youth learning, French and creole literacy, and teen intervention and internship for ages 16 and over.

Sign up to receive family support/counseling and job placements Immigration/Housing/ Health and Legal Services Youth Initiative/ Social Support & Food Pantries Referrals Citywide Agencies & Programs Digital Inclusions & Literacy Initiatives

1886 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226

Monday-Friday/11:00am – 7:00pm

Sponsorsed By:
The Life of Hope Center Educational & Vocational Center Educate-Empower-Employ

Registration Info:
Register Now!

For more information, contact:
Porez Luxama, Executive Director Office: 917.216.3137 or Fax: 347.295.1181

July 13, 2105

Support Group for friends and families of those in prison

Come join us as we support those with families incarcerated.

St. Joseph’s Church 1802 Tulane Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

For more information, contact:
John Messenheimer 504.267.9727

July 18th & 19th, 2015

Support the Black and Indian Missions Collection

Please support the Black and Indian Missions Office which will have their second collection in this local Masses this weekend. Thank you!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thank You and Upcoming Performance by Sheree Brown

The Messages From The Heart book and music project is finally here!

Come check out the first date of Sheree’s book tour. She will give a personal reading of excerpts and an intimate acoustic music performance at The World Stage, 4344 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90008.

8:30 – 9:00 PM

$5 donation

Sponsorsed By:
Sheree Brown

For more information, contact:
Book and music are available at . View the latest music video at

August 5, 2015

Free Capacity Building/Grant Writing Training

Learn the art of successful grant writing & capacity building for your organization from HUD Professional Staff.

Topics presented include: • Creating a Winning Connection/Organizational Capacity Development • Sharing Your Vision/Strategic Planning • Budgeting/Financial Management • Elements of Successful Proposal/Finding Grants • Packaging and Submitting Your Proposal • Dispelling Myths & Building Relationships • Reading Your Grant from the Funders’ Perspective • Logic Model • Who are the Top Funders

Everyman Theater, 315 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Sponsorsed By:
HUD Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Registration Info:
Register by clicking this link: Or by emailing:

For more information, contact:
Sayed Abubaker (202) 402-6584

September 11-September 13, 2015

Annual Fall Young Adult Weekend Retreat

Upcoming Retreat with Deacon Doug, Spiritual Motivational Speaker

This retreat provides the ultimate team building experience. Join us for a weekend filled with love, faith, and a deeper reflection on Christ.

Big Rock Creek, Paradise Falls, Valyermo, California

12:30 PM

$135 includes room & board, meals, and the total retreat experience.

Sponsorsed By:
Presented by Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and Soul Climb

Registration Info:
Reserve your spot by emailing . A deposit of $45 is due 8/1/15. The final payment of $90 is due 8/23/25.

September 22-27, 2015

World Meeting of Families

Theme: Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

It’s Official: The Holy Father will be joining us in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015!

Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For more information, visit:

October 8 -11, 2015

National Black Catholic Men’s Conference

A gathering in Christ’s presence in an atmosphere of trust, equality and anonymity, to share personal feelings and experiences, men to men.

Hilton Lafayette
1521 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, Louisiana

Adults: $150.00 High School & College Students: $75 Young Ages 8-13: $50

Sponsorsed By:
Bowman Francis Ministry

Registration Info:
Register at

For more information, contact:
Phone: 317-259-0144 Email: -

November 9-12, 2015

Pastoring in Black Parishes Clergy Conference

This is a series of Clergy Enrichment Conferences.

Pastoring in Black Parishes is a series of development and enrichment conferences for priests, deacons, seminarians and brothers who serve Black Catholics.

Registration fee of $200.00 includes conference registration and materials, welcome dinner, daily continental breakfast and lunch.

Sponsorsed By:
The Josephite Pastoral Center

Registration Info:
November 9-12, 2015 at Hilton Crystal City Hotel, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 Register online at  or contact Denise Bogans (202) 526-9270 or Hotel reservations may be made by calling (703) 418‐6800 or following the link: 

For more information, contact:
Information and registration are available at  or contact Denise Bogans (202) 526-9270 or

November 13-15, 2015

Leaders and Ministries Conference

In the Spirit, through the Cross, One Body

If you are seeking growth, while serving in your parish, prayer group, diocese, charismatic ministry, come to renew your vision and receive the fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit.

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
13869 Park Center Road
Herndon, Virginia 20171

Sponsorsed By:
National Service Committee

Registration Info:

For more information, contact:
Walter Matthews  (540) 972-0225

March 4-5, 2016

Marriage On A Lampstand

National Black Catholic Marriage Symposium

Explore Sacramental Marriage through thru the lens of social justice and the historical, cultural, and spiritual narrative of Black Folk

Chicago, IL


Sponsorsed By:
ArusiNetwork Inc. & National Black Catholic Conference

July 6-9, 2017

Congress XII

Save the Date!

The National Black Catholic Congress, Inc
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Orlando, Florida

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