About 24% of all Americans identify themselves as Catholic, but in the black community, the percentage is far lower. According to a CARA Catholic Poll, just 3% of American Catholics, or 3 million Americans, identify themselves as both black and Catholic.
Further, just 250 of America’s 40,000 priests and only 16 of the 434 bishops in the United States are black.
In conjunction with Martin Luther King Day, the following is a profile of three black members of the clergy, who also shared their thoughts on evangelizing the black community.
Bishop Joseph Perry, 63, is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He grew up in an observant Catholic home in Chicago. His father was a...READ MORE