Cultural Resources

Black/African American Catholic Resources

Black Catholic History Month

On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States designated November as Black Catholic History Month to celebrate the long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics. Two commemorative dates fall within this month, Saint Augustine’s Birthday (November 13) and Saint Martin de Porres’ Feast Day (November 3). More importantly, November not only marks a time when we pray for all saints and souls in loving remembrance, but also a time to recall the saints and souls of Africa and the African Diaspora. Read more.

Blacks in Catholic History Month Moments

Blacks in Catholic Christianity have a long and vibrant history. Much of that history is generally unknown to Black Catholics as well as to the rest of the faithful. On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States designated November as Black Catholic History Month to celebrate this long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics. During this month we celebrate the presence of our ancestors who kept the faith and are models of living the Gospel life.

About the book:
This booklet presents a glimpse of some of the Black Catholic Christians of our past and present. It celebrates the accomplishments of Black Catholics throughout the history of the Church with daily Blacks in Catholic History ‘Moments.’

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O Write My Name: African American Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington – 1634 – 1990

By Dr. Loretta M. Butler and Mrs. Jacqueline E. Wilson

Explore the story of African American Catholics from the landing of Fr. Andrew White, S.J., and his crew in 1634 to the 1990’s. We write the names and hear some of the voices of African American Catholics. The researched narrative “proposes to affirm the ideals of the universality of the Catholic Church and increase the understanding of the struggles of African American Catholics who remain, reclaim, and proclaim their rights and responsibilities as full members of the Church.”

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Black Catholic History Month Resource Packet

On July 24, 1990, the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States designated November as Black Catholic History Month to celebrate the long history and proud heritage of Black Catholics. Two commemorative dates fall within this month, Saint Augustine’s Birthday (November 13) and Saint Martin de Porres’ Feast Day (November 3). More importantly, November not only marks a time when we pray for all saints and souls in loving remembrance, but also a time to recall the saints and souls of Africa and the African Diaspora.

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Black Bishops

Learn more about the Black Bishops in the United States.

Music in Liturgy

Music has always been a part of the worship life of the faithful. The African American Catholic voice is lifted up in praise and worship every time we gather at the liturgy. The exuberant and participatory expression of Gospel music you find in African American parishes is a wonderful example of the “New Evangelization” which the church has embraced. This video produced by the Office of Black Catholics and the Office of Multimedia celebrates the diversity of worship practices and spiritualities which are the strength of our church. This Music in Liturgy video touches on how we are “Truly Black and Authentically Catholic.”

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