University, Institute to be Hub for Causes of African-American Catholics

National Black Catholic History Month

Earlier this year, Holy Cross parishioners learned from Fr. Gerard Jordan, O. Praem., who spoke about the cause for sainthood under way for Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first recognized Black Catholic priest in America, and four other African Americans who shared their faith through their active lives, bringing the teachings of the Church into their communities; several also founded religous orders.

Recently, it was announced that Xavier University of Louisiana and its Institute for Black Catholic Studies, will "become the new hub for the advancement of advancement of sainthood causes of African-American Catholics." Read the full article at OSV Weekly. (Note: OSV also is the company that hosts our website). 

Another Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly story cites the dedicated service of Sister Roberta Fulton, principal of St. Martin de Porres School in Columbia, S.C., who ... "looks for ways to share how black Catholics have helped make the church what it is today." Read her story here.

Learn More, Celebrate

At Holy Cross, parishioner Marion Johnson Thompson prepares a display each November about an aspect of black Catholics. Check out the display and the books that she will have available for browsing in the gathering space later this month. Please do not remove books from the church; they are from her personal collection. 

The Diocese of Raleigh is celebrating an African Ancestry Mass on November 18, at the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. Details here


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