Celebrating Black Catholic History Month!
11/5/2010 2:14 PM
November is Black Catholic History month. During this month we knowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of our black brothers and sisters in the faith. Throughout history people of color have served the church and lived their faith in many important ways. From the African who helped carry the cross of Jesus to present day role models such as Sr. Thea Bowman and Fr. Augustin Tolton, black people have witnessed to the good news of God's love and challenged us to love one another. People of all races, all ethnic or cultural groups, and all ages can learn from the incredible faith witness of our black brothers and sisters.
Taking the lead from the Office of Cultural Diversity, I encourage us all to take time during this month to focus on our black brothers and sisters and their contributions to the life of the Church from its very beginning. Please use this timely resource, Blacks in Catholic History Moments, as part of your prayer and meditation during November or you can share with others. These are inspirational acknowledgments of the black people and events concerning blacks in the history of the Church. I hope that you will be able to use some of these as talking points in your religious education classes, youth group nights, and Bible studies during this month. Contact Milagros Ramos in the Office of Cultural Diversity for more resources or information. May this Black Catholic History month be a time of celebration of the witness and faithfulness to the Gospel shown by black Catholics throughout history.