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Black Catholic History Month 2020: Home

Black Catholic History Month 2020

Notable Black Catholics

Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library

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Origins of Black Catholic History Month

The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC) of the United States voted on Tuesday, July 24, 1990 while meeting in convention at Fordham University in New York, to establish November as BLACK CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH. The reason behind the selection of the month of November was the number of important dates to Catholics of African descent that fell within this month.  Read More.

African American Catholics in the United States (History of): New Catholic Encyclopedia(Vol. 1. 2nd ed.)

Catholics first arrived in what is now the United States in the middle of the sixteenth century. The settlement, named in honor of St. Augustine, was made in what is now the northern part of Florida by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565. These first settlers were Spanish speaking, all were Catholics, and some were white and others black.  Read More.

Canonization of Saints (History and Procedure); New Catholic Encyclopedia(Vol. 3. 2nd ed.)

Canonization is a solemn declaration by the pope in which a deceased member of the faithful is proposed as a model and intercessor to the Christian faithful and venerated as a saint on the basis of having lived a life of heroic virtue or having remained faithful to God through martyrdom. Read More.

Federated Colored Catholics: New Catholic Encyclopedia(Vol. 5. 2nd ed.)

A militant national organization of black Catholics that sought to eliminate discriminatory practices against African Americans especially in Catholic institutions. The key figure in its foundation was Dr. Thomas W. Turner, a black Catholic educator associated with Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia. Read More.

Knights of Peter Claver: New Catholic Encyclopedia(Vol. 8. 2nd ed.)

A predominantly African-American Catholic fraternal organization founded Nov. 7, 1909 at Mobile, Ala., by three Black laymen (Gilbert Faustina, Frank Collins and Frank Trenier) and four Josephite fathers (Revs. Conrad F. Rebesher, John H. Dorsey, Samuel J. Kelly and Joseph P. Van Baast), and placed under the patronage of St. Peter Claver. It was incorporated on July 12, 1911. Read More.

National Black Sisters' Conference: New Catholic Encyclopedia(Vol. 10. 2nd ed.)

Established in August 1968, the National Black Sisters' Conference (NBSC) seeks to provide ongoing support on the formation, education, and support of African-American women religious; to develop resources for the deepening of spirituality and promotion of unity and solidarity among African-American women religious; Read More.

Oblate Sisters of Providence: Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History(Vol. 4. 2nd ed.)

The Oblate Sisters of Providence, an order of black nuns, pioneered in the area of black Catholic education in America. The order was founded in Baltimore in 1828 by a group of free women of color who had fled the turmoil of slave insurrections on the French island colony of San Domingo. Elizabeth Lange, one of the order's founding members, Read More.

Xavier University of Louisiana: New Catholic Encyclopedia(Vol. 14. 2nd ed.)

Founded in New Orleans by St. Katharine DREXEL and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (S.B.S.), Xavier University of Louisiana is the first and only historically black and Roman Catholic school of higher learning in North America.  Read More.

Phone Numbers

Circulation Desk:  305-899-3760

Reference Desk:  305-899-3772

Library Hours

Entrance doors are locked 10 minutes before closing time to allow patrons to exit the building in a timely manner.

Regular Hours:

Sunday            10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m.

Mon. - Thurs.   7:30 a.m.  - 10:00 p.m.

Friday              7:30 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.

Saturday          9:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.

Reference Desk Hours.

 Mon. – Fri.   9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sat. & Sun.: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Additional hours information