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   Black Catholic News [ July / August 2015 ]

The Church is Not Yet Dead: An Interview with Dr. Shannen Dee Williams

The Church is Not Yet Dead: An Interview with Dr. Shannen Dee WilliamsOver the last month, I have had the privilege of interviewing, via email, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Williams is currently working on the manuscript for her first book entitled, “Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America,” which unearths the forgotten history of black Catholic sisters in the fight to eradicate racial and gender barriers in the U.S. Church and wider American society. When published, it will be the first historical monograph on black nuns in twentieth-century America. Full Story

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In The News
 USCCB President Delivers Statement On Race Relations At General Assembly
 What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice
 New Xavier President
 Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Josephites
 Legacy of Cyprian Davis fondly remembered
 Catholics say final farewell to Chicago’s Cardinal George
 Student Sues Catholic High School For Failing To Combat Racial Harassment From Classmates
 US bishops, black evangelicals discuss family life on anniversary of Moynihan report
 Black clergy group goes to Vatican before Pope’s visit
 Think you’re important because you have money? Think again, Pope says
 The #LaudatoWay: Five eco-lifestyle changes Pope Francis wants you to make
 Sea change’ in Catholic sex abuse scandal
 New rector source of pride in community
 An African-American Woman Reflects on the Transgender Movement
 Obama tackles poverty on a panel in front of Catholic and evangelical leaders
 Haitians fear deportation from Dominican Republic as deadline looms
 Dear Hollywood, It’s Time To Start Making Films about Real Black Catholic Nuns
 Merged congregation to mark milestone
 Two Atlantic City churches closing as Diocese of Camden consolidates parishes
 Papal charity to open night shelter for homeless
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The Daniel Rudd Fund (DRF) was established by the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) in 2013. It is a result of donations to the Congress to promote the ministry of Black Catholics. The Fund financially supports organizations who promote the NBCC Pastoral Plan and leadership among African American Catholics. The goal is to assist new and existing organizations who need financial help to further promote the Gospel in their parishes, schools and communities. Full Story

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Serving JesusServing Jesus - When Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina received a grant from the Daniel Rudd Fund, they took it seriously. The school was among the twelve initiatives in the African American Catholic community that shared $95,000 from the Fund in its 2014 grant process. These organizations ranged from schools, parishes, and national groups, which developed one aspect of the Pastoral Plan of the National Black Catholic Congress.

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What We’ve Seen and Heard...Black Lives Matter What We’ve Seen and Heard...Black Lives Matter - The past three weeks have awakened a sleeping giant in Baltimore. For some, the incidents brought back horrible memories of a time long past; for others the incidents renewed inherent fears of Baltimore City and Black people in general. For some the incidents could be described as a feeling of taking back the power and making a clear and definitive statement that, “Enough is enough, I will not tolerate the deplorable conditions that diminish my humanity any longer. I will not stand idly by while family members, friends and community members continue to be victimized, abused and killed by police officers whose actions appeared to be sanctioned by law enforcement. My life matters.”

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Deacon Ira E. ChaseDeacon Ira E. Chase - The NBCC interviewed Deacon Ira Chase on his call to the permanent diaconate and serves at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Mass. If you have a chance to watch Mass from the Shrine on a Sunday, and you will see Deacon Chase in his ministry.

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Bishop Edward Braxton’s letter on the shooting in Charleston, SC - Once again, our country is stunned by the mass murders of innocent fellow human beings, this time in a place of worship. Once again, there are expressions of shock and outrage. Once again, some public officials are urging the enactment of reasonable laws governing the possession and use of guns in our communities. Once again, these pleas will probably go unheeded.

USCCB President Delivers Statement On Race Relations At General Assembly - Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), delivered a statement on race relations at their annual Spring General Assembly, June 10.

What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice

New Xavier President

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Josephites

Legacy of Cyprian Davis fondly remembered

Catholics say final farewell to Chicago’s Cardinal George

Student Sues Catholic High School For Failing To Combat Racial Harassment From Classmates

US bishops, black evangelicals discuss family life on anniversary of Moynihan report

Black clergy group goes to Vatican before Pope’s visit

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Serenity in a Seed - I am enamored of the Liturgical Life of the Church and the wonderful cycles that take us throughout the year. In truth, I have a hard time getting off my Easter “high” and returning to Ordinary Time after Pentecost. I am always so grateful that we have the great Solemnities of Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi, not to mention the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Heart to usher in the Season of Green.

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Combating Heart Disease - Million Hearts® and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign aimed at preventing heart attacks and strokes. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and African-American men are more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic white men. To help address this health disparity, the CDC Foundation is partnering with Pfizer and Quest Diagnostics to launch the Million Hearts® “Healthy is Strong” initiative.

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Biblical Literacy Made EasyBiblical Literacy Made Easy  - Since Pope Francis's election, I have read his beautiful morning homilies, and their publication is something I've long been anticipating. These homilies-clear, brief, wise, often funny and always grounded in experience, are my favorite of all of the pope's talks and writings.

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Dr. Shannen Dee WilliamsDr. Shannen Dee Williams - Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is a historian of the United States and the black Catholic diaspora and an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she teaches courses in U.S., African-American, women’s, civil rights, and religious history. Williams earned a Ph.D. in history and a graduate certificate in women and gender studies from Rutgers University in 2013. She also holds an M.A. in Afro-American studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a B.A. in history with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Agnes Scott College. Beyond the Color of Skin: Encounters with Religions and Racial Injustice in America, by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is an inspiring memoir of one man's effort to help people live their lives in justice, true freedom and racial equality.

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