Held every five years, the NBCC is organized by a team of ecclesial and lay leaders, including Washington Auxiliary Bishop Roy E. Campbell Jr. The event brings in crowds of several thousand, including priests, bishops, religious, and lay faithful, representing African American communities from across the country.
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Father Joseph Nearon, while a student at Manhattan College, was instrumental in integrating college basketball tournaments and later became one of the few Black priest theologians in the United States.
The Benemerenti Medal is awarded by the pope in recognition of exceptional service to the Catholic Church.
The symposium, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Theology at Notre Dame, will also include two days of private meetings for BCTS members to share working papers, and a listening session to hear about the experiences of local Black Catholics in Notre Dame.
Three Black Catholics newly ordained to the Catholic priesthood share their vocation journeys.
Captain André Cailloux’s heroism is nearly forgotten, but Catholics should honor his bold sacrifice, which his contemporaries believed decisively changed the outcome of the Civil War.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a slowdown on the causes of men and women who are poised to become the United States’ first African American saints and have much to offer the universal Church about faithfully following Jesus Christ.
Racial justice is a noble quest for the Church and society.
Both Fr. Taylor and Fr. Hawkins said St. Benedict’s official designation as a personal parish will help the parish better evangelize the Hill District and the greater Pittsburgh area.