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Congratulations to Most Reverend J. Leonard Olivier, SVD!

Most Reverend J. Leonard OlivierPlease join the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) in thanksgiving for Bishop Leonard Olivier as he celebrates his 60th year of his ordination to the priesthood. Please join Bishop Olivier in one of the celebrations listed below or say a prayer for him if you are not able to attend.

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Bishop Olivier was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1923. Bishop Olivier was the fifth of eight children. He attended Sacred Heart of Jesus grade school in town, St. Augustine Seminary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and St. Mary's Seminary in Techny, Illinois and was ordained a Divine Word Missionary in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in 1951.

Bishop Olivier is a Fourth Degree Knight of St. Peter Claver, a Fourth Degree Knight of St. John and Columbus. He served as the Convener of the African American Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on Youth, the Ad Hoc Steering Committee for the National Strategy on Vocations, Task Force Group for American Adaptations to the Order of Christian Marriage, and the Liturgy Committee of USCCB/NCCB. He was also a member of NCCB Committee on Bishops Life and Ministry, Board Member of Convenant House Washington, Member of the Inter-Faith Conference, Member of Maryland Catholic Conference, Board Member of The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC), Member of National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, and Episcopal Moderator of the Pan African Roman Catholic Clergy Conference.

Celebration Schedule:

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June 9, 2011 with the SVD Southern Province community during its annual retreat at 4:00 p.m. Mass St. Augustine Seminary, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

June 12, 2011 at my parish of origin in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Sacred Heart of Jesus/St. Katharine Drexel, 11:00 a.m. Mass, Sunday

June 19, 2011 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 12 noon Mass, feast of the Most Holy Trinity

June 26, 2011 at St. Patrick in downtown Washington, D.C., the Feast of Corpus Christi, 12 noon Mass

May God bless you, Bishop Olivier for all that you have done for the black community!

Peace be with you always. Congratulations!!!!

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