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:
firstname.lastname@example.org ó email@example.com
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
Martin Luther King, Jr. Mass Celebration
Sunday January 19, 2014
SS Columba Brigid Church
75 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY 14204
At: 2:00 P.M.
MLK Annual Mass 2014 Flyer PDF.pdf
The Deadline for the Albert Lenhard Scholarship is approaching.
The Deadline for the Albert Lenhard Scholarship application is:
December 30th, 2013
Click on the link for the application
The Deadline is approaching for the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship
Application Deadline: December 2nd, 2013
The Reference request forms must be returned by November 23rd, 2013
Diocese of Buffalo—Office of Cultural Diversity
MARTIN LUTHER KING SCHOLARSHIP
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 23rd 2013 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 SS Columba Brigid Church in Buffalo, on January 19, 2014 at 2:00 P. M.
1. Describe your faith journey, (i.e. your involvement in your Church community and your growth as a young Catholic/Christian, your involvement in school and your goals for the future.)
2. What are your gifts and talents, and how would you use them in serving others?
Click here for the MLK Scholarship application
All African Saints Day Celebration
Mass will be followed by a reception.
Friday November 1st, 2013
St. Lawrence Church
Mass at 7:00 PM
With the African Choral Group and
the Music Ministry from St. Lawrence Church
The Diocese of Buffalo, Office of Cultural Diversity
Invites you to the
6th Annual African Catholic Thanksgiving Bazaar
Sunday, November 17, 2013
10:00 A. M. - Mass
12:00 - 3:00 P. M.- Bazaar
Holy Cross Church
345-7th Street, Buffalo, NY 14201
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.
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
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
The African American Commission is sponsoring a bus to go to Congress XI
For more information call our office: 716 847 2217
Day of Reflexion
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.