back to the National Black Catholic Congress : Home Page THE NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC CONGRESS
The Black Catholic Monthly | African Americans | Catholic News Black Catholic Congress: "We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal 
    commitment to witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ"
NBCC
Calendar Of Events Calendar Congress X Media Center  Subscribe to "The Black Catholic Monthly" Newsletter News      Contact Us Contact Us
NBCC
NBCC
   Black Catholic News [ March / April 2016 ]

Grave Conversations. Grave Consequences.
(Things Seen. Things Heard.)

Grave Conversations. Grave Consequences.Three crosses. Three women mournfully watching as men struggle to remove three nails. They lay the limp body onto the lap of his mother. Cold arms. Cold chest. Cold legs. Stabat Mater.

Hours before, on the Via Dolorosa through the streets of Jerusalem, I heard soldiers command a burly African from Cyrene (present-day Libya -- 1500 miles from Jerusalem) to help the Man of Sorrows carry his cross up Calvary Hill. They did not want the Nazarene to die before reaching the execution site, “The Place of the Skull” - Golgotha in Hebrew. Calvaria in Latin. Tradition holds that Simon’s two sons, Alexander and Rufus, became early bishops of the new Faith.

Pulling himself up on the nails through excruciating pain, I hear the thorn-crowned king telling a repentant murdering thief, “This day, you will be with me in paradise. Not tomorrow, but today.

Before the clock strikes midnight, you will be with me in my kingdom.” Full Story

section break
NBCC STRUCTURE
 African American Catholic Bishops
 Congress Directory
 Board of Trustees
 NBCC Staff
Parish Search
 Find a Parish in your State
Black Catholic Newsletter
 The Jubilee Year of Mercy
 The best kept secret of the Catholic Church - its social teachings
 The Influence of College Experiences on Women’s Vocational Discernment to Religious Life
 The difference between a hoarder and a clutterer
 How not to say the wrong thing
 Peer Pressure: Its Influence on Teens and Decision Making
 9 Inspiring Quotes on Chastity to Help You In Your Battle for Sexual Purity
Publications
 Recommended Reading:
The Name of God Is Mercy
 Author Spotlight:
Fr. Tony Ricard of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
NBCC Spotlight
 NBCC Servant of Christ Award presented to Our Mother of Mercy School president at Congress XI
 Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853)
Upcoming Events
 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 ICBS
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
 ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
In The News
 Low Number of Black Americans Following Religious Life
 In Memoriam: Leon Henderson
 Because of God's Mercy
 To be Saved, Anatok (an African-American and Religious Landmark) Needs Help TODAY
 Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
 Annual MLK Mass honors service, showcases diversity
 Remarks of President Barack Obama - State of the Union Address As Delivered
 Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Seminar
 Watch Interviews of Black Catholics speaking of their experiences concerning the Church and Civil Rights
 Visit WeAreSaltAndLight to educate your network about Catholic social teaching and tradition
 Light and shadows: Skin bleaching in Uganda
 ALL NEWS STORIES
NBCC Media
  Visit the NBCC Media Center
  Listen Live to Vatican Radio
requires Real Audio)
RECOMMENDED SITES
 Site Links

Subscribe to our
FREE Bi-Monthly
Black Catholic
email newsletter.

Subscribe
Black Catholic Newsletter Articles

Featured Article >>

The Jubilee Year of Mercy

Black Catholic Service

Marvin Gaye (1939-1984), had an electrifying voice that earned him the title “Prince of Soul!” His music recently inspired me while I listened to some “old school music.” The lyrics in the album “What’s Going On?” asked several theological reflection questions that are relevant to today’s issues, even though this album was released in 1971. Gaye posed questions like, “What’s going on?”, “What’s happening my brother (sister)?”, and “Who really cares?” However, none of the questions presented penetrates the soul deeper than the question, “Who is willing to die to save our world?” Expressing compassionately the way of the world in the inner cities, Gaye sang about police men who were trigger happy, bills that were mounting, and people unable to pay their taxes. He even expanded the description of the blues to include people who were panicking because of wars and natural disasters, and, of course, as African Americans who were and still are being judged “simply because we wear our hair long,” or in today’s society because we wear “hoody sweat jerseys.” These issues and more are enough to “make you ‘wanna’ holler and throw up both of your hands,” in despair!

Full Story

Lifestyle >>

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
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 Purity9 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.

 

NBCC Spotlight >>

NBCC Servant of Christ Award
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 African-American communities. The selection process was arduous, but the criterion for finding such leaders was simple, and actually defined by Matthew, who wrote in the Gospel that Christ “did not come to be served, but to serve.”

Pierre ToussaintPierre 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, BĂ©rard 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.

NBCC News >>

National Catholic Youth Conference 2015
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.”

Channels of Your PeaceIn 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. He also delivered the 2006 convocation address at Fontbonne, which recognized him as “a crusader for racial and economic justice.”

Pope Francis, in KenyaBecause 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.

Ugandan martyrs are true heroes
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 running out. Funds must be gathered today for matching funding so that preservationists can partner with the high school to adapt and reuse the mansion as educational space.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and RedemptionJust 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.”

2015 Centennial Celebration
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 ObamaRemarks 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.

to top of page

Spirituality >>

Catholic Social Teachings
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 >>

Drug Costs
The 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.

Drug Costs
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 MercyThe 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 >>

Anthony Gittins, CSSpFr. 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) seminarBuilding 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
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 WeAreSaltAndLight to educate your network about Catholic social teaching and traditionVisit 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.

Upcoming Events>>

For full details on upcoming events visit The NBCC Events or the Calendar page.

Recommended Sites >>

Please visit the following web sites to read global Catholic current events. View full site list.

NBCC
Black Catholic Calendar Calendar Of Events Subscribe to "The Black Catholic Monthly" Newsletter News       NBCC Forum NBCC Forum Contact Us Contact Us
NBCC

Web Design : Web Marketing : Web Management : Baltimore Maryland - SLEEPER Technologies
 
An STI Site | Web Design by SLEEPER Technologies
Copyright © 2003 www.nbccongress.org | All Rights Reserved | Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without the expressed written permission of www.nbccongress.org is prohibited.