National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family 

February 7th, 2016

 The National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family was created by Fr. James Goode, OFM in 1989. It is a day set aside to give special thanks to God for our families and place our every care in the arms of Jesus.

The National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family Resource Aid contains a catechetical reflection, a prayer specifically for the African American and African Family and some suggested activities to celebrate the day.

African American Scripture Study 2016

St. Martin de Porres Church

February 12th, 2016 

6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Diocesan Martin Luther King Jr. Mass Celebration 2016!

Congratulations to this years recipients of the Martin Luther King Scholarship!

African American Commission of The Diocese of Buffalo Presents: Revival 2015 Cast The First Stone

At: 6:30 P.M.

· Tuesday, October 13, 2015

· Wednesday, October 14, 2015 -Youth Night

· Thursday, October 15, 2015

At : SS Columba Brigid Church

75 Hickory Street,  Buffalo, NY

Chairperson for the Revival Committee

Barbara Breckenridge


Bishop Fernand J. Cheri: 

Ordination of 

New African American Priest to Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans

Scripture Study Past Present and Future

Scripture Study Past Present Future 2315 Preview.pdf


Scripture Study Past Present and Future in Spanish

Estudio de las escrituras, pasado, presente y futuro

Scripture Study Past Present Future for translation 252015.pdf

Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass Celebration 2015

Date: January 18, 2015

Place:  Blessed Trinity Church

317 Leroy Avenue

Buffalo, NY 14214

Time:  10:30 A. M.

For more information, call the Office of Cultural Diversity

Tel. 716-847-2217


Martin Luther King Jr Flyer 2015 official one.pdf



Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Scholarship Application

      The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship was established in 1987 to help an 8th grade student in attaining a Catholic High School Education. 

      The African American Commission through its Scholarship Committee, awards scholarships to 8th grade students for continuing their education in a Catholic High School.  Our goal is to  support our recipients so they may continue to serve in their churches, in their communities and in their world.            

Applicants for this award must meet the criteria stated below.

To be eligible for the Scholarship Program applicants must:

1. Be actively involved in their parish/church, (religion classes, retreats, parish or diocesan activities, youth group, lector, altar server etc.)

2. Engage in service at the parish/church, school and in their communities.

3. Applicant shall have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (high school cumulative). A current official transcript must be sent to The Office of Cultural Diversity, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.

4. Be a member of an ethnic minority group.

5. Applicants  must have received three (3) Reference forms by November 21st, 2014 at least one of which must be written by a parish/church staff member. This form cannot be written by persons related to the applicant. They must be completed by guidance counselors, teachers, community leaders, neighbors, etc.

6. To be considered for this scholarship, please COMPLETE and SUBMIT pages 3 & 4 and respond to the following questions. Your responses should be typed, not to exceed 1 page double spaced using a 12 point font.

7. Must be available to attend the award ceremony that will take place at Blessed Trinity Church in Buffalo, on January 18, 2015 at 10:30 A. M.

Click on the link below for the 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship application


Martin Luther King Scholarship Application 2014 2015.pdf

The Albert Lenhard, St. Matthews,

St. Martin de Porres Scholarship Fund

555 Northampton Street

Buffalo, New York 14208

Tel. 716-883-7729

October 10, 2014



Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship 

     The Albert Lenhard Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 through a bequest of the estate of Albert M. Lenhard.   The Scholarship was developed to assist applicants who wanted to continue their formal education beyond high school at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

     To be eligible for the Scholarship the candidate will have to be residing in the geographic boundaries of the Catholic Churches of Central Buffalo: (Blessed Trinity, SS Columba Brigid, St. Ann, St. Katherine Drexel, St. Lawrence and St. Martin De Porres).

     The Lenhard Scholarship fund is administered by the pastor of St Martin De Porres in collaboration with the African American Commission of the Diocese of Buffalo and the director of the Office of Cultural Diversity.  This Scholarship is awarded annually.

     The completed application and the Personal Statement Essay should be sent to the Office of Cultural Diversity, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203 to the attention of Milagros Ramos, by December 29th, 2014.

     An e-mail confirmation will be sent to verify receipt of your application.

     The recipient of the award will be asked to come if possible and to receive the award at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration that will take place on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 10:30 A. M.  at Blessed Trinity Church in Buffalo, NY. 

Thank you for your interest.



Rev. Ronald Sajdak

Administrator Lenhard Family Scholarship Fund


**Click on the link below, for the Albert Lenhard Scholarship Application.


Albert Lenhard Scholarship Application

2014-2015 Lenhard Scholarship APPLICATION.pdf

Planning Meeting


                                  Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass-2015 

August 28, 2014- 6:00 PM



Who is The NBCC?

We, The National Black Catholic Congress, comprised of member organizations, represent African American Roman Catholics, working in collaboration with National Roman Catholic organizations. We commit ourselves to establishing an agenda for the evangelization of African Americans; and to improve the spiritual, mental, and physical conditions of African Americans, thereby committing ourselves to the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in church and society.

Aware of the challenges, we are committed to evangelize ourselves, our church and unchurched African Americans, thereby enriching the Church. We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal commitment to witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ."

Children First Scholarship


Take advantage of this opportunity of obtaining this scholarship,

especially those students awaiting transfers out of low-performing schools.

Click on the links below and follow the application process.


For more information, you can call the Office of Cultural Diversity

at telephone:  716-847-2217 or send us an e-mail to: ó


Letter about Children First Scholarship 2014 to 2015.pdf

cfs application page 1.pdf

cfs application page 2.pdf

cfs application page 3.pdf

cfs informational sheet.pdf

cfs application guidelines for fall of 2014.pdf

cfs 2014 to 2015 Income Eligibility Scale.pdf

African Thanksgiving Bazaar 2014

7th Annual African Catholic
Thanksgiving Bazaar

Sunday, October 26, 2014
10:00 A.M. — Mass
12:00—3:00 P.M. - Bazaar
Holy Cross Church
345-7th Street, Buffalo, NY
Main Celebrant
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th. D. 

African Cultural bazaar 2014.pdf

In loving memory of Father Roderick Brown, O. P. 

     Fr. Roderick Brown who was the Episcopal Vicar for Central Buffalo For Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo beginning in 1988 and wrote the book A Gathering at the River, 150 Years of Black Catholic History in the Diocese of Buffalo and was the founding pastor for St. Martin de Porres Church see below:

     On August 22, 1992, four parishes of Central City Buffalo: St. Matthew, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Benedict the Moor and St. Boniface, took a bold move of petitioning the bishop of Buffalo to merge these parishes and erect a new one. Leaving their homes of worship, these four congregations joined together on a pilgrimage of faith officially beginning the new parish of St. Martin de Porres, with Fr. Roderick Brown, its’ founding Pastor, on March 7, 1993. On March 11, 2000, Bishop Henry Mansell consecrated the new Church home, which was the first new Roman Catholic Church built in the city of Buffalo in the then fifty years. He worked in the Catholic Center for many years.    

     We were saddened to get word that on October 16, 2013 at 3:00AM our time, Father Roderick Brown has died at the Resurrection Hospital in Chicago, IL. May you Fr. Brown, rejoice with all the angels in the Kingdom. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord......Amen


 A Memorial Mass for Father Brown will take place at

 St. Martin De Porres Parish, on 

Saturday November 2, 2013 at 9:30 A. M.

Rod Brown Mass Card.pdf


October 14, 15 and 16

St. Martin De Porres

555 Northampton Street/Buffalo, NY

Revival_2013_8 x 11 flyer PDF.pdf

GIA Publications, Inc. is proud to present Lead Me, Guide Me

—Second Edition. To introduce the hymnal and its many new

features, GIA is sponsoring free workshops across the country led
by renowned composers of African American Church Music,
M. Roger Holland II, Kim Harris, and Norah Duncan IV.
While singing the hymns, songs, and psalms of Lead Me, Guide
Me—Second Edition is the main focus of these workshops, our
clinicians will also endeavor to familiarize you with the rich
history, breadth of new material, and comprehensive character of
this exciting new edition. Each session will also feature a choir to
complement the song of the assembly.

Click on the link below

Lead me guide me II Workshop.pdf

Sign up to volunteer to work for the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day on 

January 21, 2013.  

For information Click below 

Microsoft Word - MLK Day of Service sign up for web.pdf

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mass Celebration 2013

Microsoft Word - MLK 2013 flyer.pdf



Congratulations to Edward Dean (in the center) who was awarded with The National Black Catholic Congress, "Servant of Christ Award"back in the month of July 2012, during the National Black Catholic Congress XI.  

The theme for this Congress was, 

Faith Engaged:  Empower. Equip. Evangelize.

About Edward Dean:

As a youth, Edward Dean decided to convert to the Catholic faith  while he was a student at Queen of All Saints School.  At a parish level he has been actively involved as a member and leader in Parish Council, Cub Scout Master, Youth Ministry and Church Choir.  In addition to this, he helps with all activities from various parish organizations even if he is not a member of the organization.  On a diocesan level he has been a leader in the Martin Luther King Jr. diocesan observance, revivals, confirmation retreats, Celebrating Diversity retreats, "Da Bounce", Urban Catholic Youth Rally, the diocesan African American Commission and National Black Catholic History Month celebrations.  He has attended many National Black Catholic Congresses.  He was diocesan team leader for the Congress held in Buffalo and worked tirelessly to ensure that everything went well.  He has worked with various denominations on Ecumenical services and collaborated with these denominations to take Thanksgiving meals to those who are not able to get out of their homes.  Edward is truly a servant leader.

African American Pastoral Plan 2012-2017


to view click below

Pastoral Plan Draft Revised with signatures.pdf





Congress XI... Called to be Saints!



All African Saints Day Celebration


African Saints Day Celebration 2012 11 x17 2012 at Holy Cross church.pdf


This past weekend the African Catholic Thanksgiving Bazaar took place at SS Columba Brigid.   The Bazaar is put together by the Diocesan African Commission of the Office of Cultural Diversity.   This was the Fifth Annual African Catholic Cultural Thanksgiving/Harvest Bazaar in Diocese of Buffalo.  In Africa people are asked to give a gift from the heart in thanksgiving to God for the blessing of the harvest.   This gift is brought to the Bazaar where they are blessed at the Liturgy and later auctioned off at the bazaar.   Money collected from the auction is given toward a need in their village, community or church.   This year’s proceeds will go toward the Response to Love Center who works toward helping the poor and needy in the community. Parishioners cheerfully made all the donations so that God will bless them in return.

 The great Apostle St. Paul boasted about the power of generous gifts and cheerful giving in the second letter to Corinthians 9: 1-15: “Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sow bountifully will also reap bountifully.   Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.   Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.   As it is written: “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 

At the bazaar we also had a taste of Africa, for $5.00 and $3.00 for children they were able to taste foods from Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan and Liberia.   The Umuco Dance group provided entertainment by performing dances from Rwanda and Burundi.

The following link is to pictures taken at the bazaar.   Hope you enjoy them.  They were taken by Mike Gilhooly

Response to Love Center

African Thanksgiving Bazaar 2012

African Cultural bazaar 2012 updated flyer.pdf

The National Black Catholics Congress XI

Theme:  "Faith Engaged"

July 18-July 21, 2012

Indianapolis, Indiana


The African American Commission is sponsoring a bus to go to Congress XI

For more information call our office:  716 847 2217


Other Resources: 

exec-summary-of African American survey.pdf




Day of Reflexion

 Microsoft Word - Day of Reflection - Congress 2012.pdf





Martin Luther King Diocese of Buffalo annual mass 2012 PDF File.pdf 




Revival 2011 




All African Saints Day Celebration

The African American Commission has updated its brochure on its mission, vision and goals.   Click here to download the brochure.

Purpose: Mission is to address the social, economic and spiritual concerns of all persons of African and African American ancestry. To promote leadership, foster evangelization, and address issues of racial injustice through emphasis on family and education programs and come up with an Black Pastoral Plan.

Qualifications: Person should be a person of faith, with a dedication to their Church. Enthusiasm for their ministry is a must. The Diocesan Commission member requires a commitment of time and energy, along with a desire to grow and learn throughout the year. The abilities to communicate clearly and work cooperatively in a group are necessary for the success on the Commission. Open to being discerned to be on the Cultural Diversity Network.

Roles & Responsibilities


  • To officially represent their culture in our Diocese.
  • To represent the Commission at various activities that is sponsored by the Office of Cultural Diversity, Diocesan or joint efforts of the parishes
  • Commission members are expected to live by Catholic values in all aspects of their lives

  • To become part of a faith-filled group that works effectively together by actively participating at the Commission meetings.
  • The Commission members will meet at least once every three months as part of the Commission and sometimes participate as leaders for various committees that may be formed to do the work of the commission.
  • Commission members will participate in a retreat and planning day.
  • If discerned to be on the Cultural Diversity Network Team member they will also meet monthly with the other members of the Cultural Diversity Network and the Director of the Office of Cultural Diversity.
  • Two unexcused or four excused absences are grounds for dismissal from the Commission. To participate in programs sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity.
  • To encourage others in the Diocese to participate in Diocesan, Vicariate and parish activities.
  • To speak for the needs of the people at the meetings and to the Office of Cultural Diversity and the various Departments of the Diocese for which the issue is concerned.
  • To encourage people to live their Catholic values by communicating through personal contact, the Western New York Catholic newspaper, and special mailings.
  • To participate, when directed on various boards for the Diocese or special interest groups.
  • To help people of the Diocese to exchange information and learn from each other on a regular basis.
  • To share information, plans, ideas and concerns among parishes and between parishes and the Office of Cultural Diversity.
  • To establish consistent, regular communication with parish youth and/or adult leaders in your community.
  • To report about activities in your community at each of the Commission Meeting.
  • To communicate and work with the Office of Cultural Diversity staff.
  • To plan and implement activities of the Office of Cultural Diversity
  • To assist in planning and implementing activities among parishes or vicariates and coordinate those plans with the Diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity.
  • To coordinate any activities and meetings in your vicariate.











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