Archdiocese to Participate in Day of Prayer and Fasting for Racial Justice on September 9

Archbishop Gregory will celebrate Mass on the Feast of St. Peter Claver

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To commemorate the feast day of St. Peter Claver, a missionary saint who advocated for the dignity of enslaved people, the Archdiocese of Washington and Archbishop Wilton Gregory will participate in a day of prayer and fasting for racial justice on September 9. This comes after Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, urged a day of prayer and fasting in response to racial and societal unrest in the country.

Archbishop Gregory will celebrate a special noon Mass at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in St. Inigoes, Maryland.  He will be joined by Fr. Scott Woods, pastor of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. The Mass is planned by the archdiocesan Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns and the Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach.

The Mass will be recorded and available to watch on archdiocesan social media accounts on Wednesday afternoon.

Mass for the Feast of St. Peter Claver

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12 p.m. noon

From St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in St. Inigoes, Maryland