African American (Black) and African Catholics

The Office of Cultural Diversity was established in 2015 to accompany, serve, proclaim the Gospel among our diverse communities, and through pastoral accompaniment and service, bring them to a full and enthusiastic participation in the life and mission of the Church, strengthening the unity of one Body of Christ.

The former archdiocesan Office of Black Catholics, established in September 1974, is now part of the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach. It listens to the needs and concerns expressed by Black Catholics and answers and/or assists the Archdiocese in its responses. It provides and develops resources for education; participates in archdiocesan planning and decision-making; and implements and/or assists with relevant programs.

The office is expanding its outreach to the numerous African communities in the Archdiocese of Washington by maintaining contact with local and national groups with similar purposes and goals. The Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach Program Director is active with The National Black Catholic Congress and The National Association of Black Catholic Administrators.

The Office of Cultural Diversity has responsibility for the following:

  • Archdiocese of Washington Mass Choir with members representing 15 parishes. Goal: evangelization through liturgical and sacred music and service to parishes and the larger community
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural sensitivity and awareness seminars, materials and workshops
  • Lists of black Catholic resources within the Archdiocese of Washington to serve the parish and the Archdiocese
  • Training and encouragement for potential and current African American Catholic parish leaders; and other parish leaders preparing for work in our parishes

Black/African American Catholic Resources

Black Bishops

Learn more about the Black Bishops in the United States.

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.

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.

Click here to download the Resource Packet (PDF).

 

Contact the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for more information.