Meeting in Fordham University in New York, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States voted on Tuesday, July 24, 1990 to designate November as Black Catholic History Month. November marks a time when the Church prays for all saints and souls in loving remembrance, as well as a time to recall the saints and souls of Africa and the African Diaspora. The decision to designate November as Black Catholic History Month, also depended on the fact that a number of important dates to Catholics of African descent fell within this month. Read More.
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 [W. J. Levada, "Glossary," Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2d ed. (Washington 2000)]. Read More.
The article offers information related to "There are no African American saints. A lay Catholic group seeks to change that" by Alejandra Molina, which appeared in the periodical "National Catholic Reporter" on January 2022, is presented. Topic includes on Ralph Moore went into St. Pius Church in West Baltimore late one night with his friends and painted the statues of Jesus and Mary black a "parting shot" before he left Catholicism. Read More.
The article discusses the highlights of a special event held at the Saint Katharine Drexel Chapel at Xavier University of Louisiana to announce an effort to advance the canonization of Catholic African Americans Pierre Toussaint, Henriette Delille, Mary Elizabeth Lange, Augustus Tolton, and Julia Greeley. Also mentioned are the attendees at the event including members of the Joint Conference of Black Catholic Clergy, Black Sisters, and Black Catholic Seminarians, and Black Catholic Deacons. Read More.
The article presents several candidates for the first African American Catholic saint from the U.S., as the canonization for African Americans becomes an initiative by the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans. Pierre Toussaint opened the first African American Catholic school in New York. Henriette Delille founded the Sisters of the Holy Family, a religious order of consecrated women. Augustus Tolton built and developed an African American Catholic parish. Read More.
Religious sister, educator, lecturer, vocalist, evangelist; b. Bertha Bowman in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Dec. 29, 1937; d. Canton, Mississippi, March 30, 1990. In August of 1953, at the age of 15, Bowman entered the formation program of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She graduated from Viterbo College in La Crosse and then pursued ...Read More.
Former slave, hairdresser, entrepreneur, philanthropist; b. 1766, the French colony of Saint Domingue (in modern day Haiti); d. June 30, 1853, New York City. Toussaint's mother and maternal grandmother were house slaves on a plantation in the Artibonite River Valley, near Saint Marc. The owner, Pierre Bérard, a devout Catholic treated his slaves in a humane manner. Read More.