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Black Catholic Ministries

The oldest ethnic ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington is the African-American community. St. Joseph's Church in Alexandria was founded in 1915 to serve the Black Catholics in Northern Virginia. Saint Katherine Drexel, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II, was a contributor to the parish, which has always been staffed by the Josephite Community of priests. In 1945, Our Lady Queen of Peace in Arlington was founded in response to the growing African-American Catholic population. There are many supportive Black Catholic organizations, such as Sisters in the Spirit, a Black Catholic women's spiritual group, and the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary.

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Check Out the Black Catholic Ministries 2017 Spring Newsletter

Learn more about our diocesan Black Catholic Ministries by reading about what events and activities they have held recently, as well as the events that are coming up soon!

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Gerard Marie-Anthony Ordination

Meet the Second Black Catholic Permanent Deacon to be Ordained in the Diocese of Arlington!

Gerard-Marie Anthony became the second Black Catholic Permanent Deacon to be ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Bishop Michael Burbidge ordained him at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington, VA. Gerard Marie-Anthony is a theologian, author, apologist, and religion/bioethics teacher at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School. He is a long time member of the Legion of Mary and has published many articles in the Catholic literary world and has given talks for Confirmation retreats, adult education, young adult gatherings, bible studies and Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Person. Congratulations, Deacon Marie-Anthony!

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Rev. Roy Edward Campbell, Jr. Named New Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington

Pope Francis named Rev. Roy Edward Campbell, Jr., pastor of St. Joseph Church in Largo, MD, the new auxiliary bishop of Washington. Bishop-elect Campbell will assist Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington in meeting the pastoral needs of the diocese.

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Watch the St. Joseph's Women's Fellowship Choir Concert

Did you miss the St. Joseph's Women's Fellowship Choir Concert on June 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria? Watch the entire concert via the link below to enjoy the beautiful sounds of gospel music!

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25th Annual OLQP / UJAMAA Scholarship Program

All are welcome to join in prayer and song at the OLQP / UJAMAA Scholarship Program event on June 24th at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 2700 South 19th Street, Arlington, VA 22204. The theme is "Empowering Our Youth to Lead & Serve in Our Communities." Keynote speaker will be Deacon Al Douglas Turner.

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Youth Day

All youth ages 13-18 years old are welcome to attend the upcoming Youth Day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria. The Youth Day will be focused on learning important job search skills for teens. Be one of the first 50 teens to register for the event and get a FREE t-shirt! To register, email stjoesyouthco@gmail.com no later than June 18.

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Mass in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did you miss the Memorial Mass for Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrated by Bishop Burbidge? Watch and listen to Bishop Burbidge's homily from Sunday, January 15, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA.

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Lenten Reflection from Bishop Shelton Fabre

Read the important reflection from Most Reverend Shelton Fabre on the 40 days of Lent, a time of grace when we focus on deepening our relationship with the Lord by engaging in heightened efforts to root sin out of our lives.

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Sainthood Cause Opened for Julia Greeley, a Former Slave

In December 2016, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, Colorado formally opened the sainthood cause of Julia Greeley, a former slave from Missouri, who spent her days caring for the poor.

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African American Affairs E-Newsletter 2017

Read the five most news-worthy items from African American Affairs. Read the Lenten Reflection from Bishop Shelton Fabre, the response to the February National Call re: USCCB Task Force Recommendations, find out what happened at the first U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements, register for the National Black Catholic Congress XII, and attend Pre-Congress Conversations with African Descendant Bishops and Young Adults on July 5 in Orlando, Florida.

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The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress Meets July 2017!

Join the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, FL for a weekend of spiritual growth, historical awareness, social justice issues, human life, marriage and family life, youth and young adults engagement. The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress theme is: The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: Act Justly, Love Goodness & Walk Humbly with God. Listen to a variety of renowned speakers and enrich your faith through prayer and worship.

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Youth Summer Events

Join the youth at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria for fun summer activities! Youth events take place on May 5, June 24, July 28 and August 19. Events include a walkathon, youth day, trip to Kings Dominion and a Back to School party.

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Native American & African American Youth Ministers Retreat

Explore issues and topics within Catholic youth ministry distinct to African American and Native American cultural traditions, including: cultural inclusion in Catholic faith and worship; the intersection of faith, family, race and culture; developing and sustaining youth leaders in the community; alcoholism, violence and drug abuse among young people; suicide causes, prevention and spiritual accompaniment; evangelization of both active and disconnected young people.

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Sisters in the Spirit Summer Meeting

Join Sisters in the Spirit for their Summer Meeting at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 711 N. Columbus Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. All are welcome! The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Speakers and topics include Beverly Anderson, speaking about the USCCB Convocation for Catholic Leaders, and Patricia English, speaking about the National Black Catholic Congress XII. A BBQ Lunch will be provided. Please join us!

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National Black Catholic Men's Conference 2017

The National Black Catholic Men's Conference will be held in Miami, Florida from October 5-8, 2017, with the theme, "The Challenge is to Silence the Mind." From the Conference: "We gather in Christ's presence in an atmosphere of trust, equality and anonymity to share personal feelings and experiences. We unconditionally accept one another and prayerfully support one another. We feel encouraged by the Holy Spirit to share with one another... Men to Men!"

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Tea Time with the Oblate Sisters of Providence

Join the Oblate Sisters of Providence for Tea Time on Saturday, October 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 701 Gun Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21227. All are welcome!

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Minkisi 20th Anniversary Mini-Retreat

Join the Minkisi Ministry at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The theme is: My Soul Does Magnify the Lord; And My Spirit Sings of God, My Savior! The retreat begins with Mass in the Church, followed by breakout sessions in Father Ray Hall. All are welcome! For more information, contact Cecilia Braveboy at jisaac3@verizon.net or 703-979-5389.

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Submit a Nomination for the Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange Award

Each year, the Office of Multicultural Ministries presents the Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange Black Catholic Service Award to someone who has excelled in service to the diocesan Black Catholic Community, as well as the Catholic Diocese as a whole. The award recipient is nominated by their peers, and then selected by the Nomination Committee. The recipient of the award receives their name on a plaque, which is then displayed in their parish, as well as a $150 dollar check. Nominate someone to win the 2017 Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange Award today!

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Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

Let us pray... O Lord our God, in your mercy and kindness, no thought of ours is left unnoticed, no desire or concern ignored. You have proven that blessings abound when we fall on our knees in prayer, and so we turn to you in our hour of need. Surrounded by violence and cries for justice, we hear your voice telling us what is required... "Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God" (Mi 6:8). Fill us with your mercy so that we, in turn, may be merciful to others. Strip away pride, suspicion, and racism so that we may seek peace and justice in our communities. Strengthen our hearts so that they beat only to the rhythm of your holy will. Flood our path with your light as we walk humbly toward a future filled with encounter and unity. Be with us, O Lord, in our efforts, for only by the prompting of your grace can we progress toward virtue. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Multicultural Mass Information

Discover when and where to attend a Mass in a different language or with a specific culture. The Catholic Diocese of Arlington offers multiple, regular Masses for the following communities: Brazilian, Cameroon, Deaf Ministry, Eritrean (Ge'ez Rite), Filipino, Irish (Gaelic), Ghanaian, Indian Syro-Malabar Rite, Indian (Tamil), Korean, Sierra Leone and Vietnamese.

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