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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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Minkisi's 20th Annual Mini-Retreat (Saturday, November 11)

Join us Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Arlington for the 20th Annual Minkisi's Mini-Retreat. The retreat will be led by Therese Wilson Favors, the former director (19 yrs.) of the African American Catholic Ministries in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and will include lunch. Pre-Registration is required by Nov 3. Send your name, email/phone and indicate regular or vegetarian lunch to: Cecilia Braveboy, jisaac3@verizon.net, 703-979-5389.

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Black Catholic History Month - Day of Reflection And Unity Mass (Saturday, November 18)

Join us Saturday, November 18 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, VA for our annual Black Catholic History Month Day of Reflection And Unity Mass. This day-long event will include a recap of the 12th National Black Catholic Congress and a keynote address by Msgr. Ray East. The closing Unity Mass will celebrated by Bishop Roy E. Campbell, Jr.

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Sisters of the Holy Family 175th Anniversary (Sunday, October 22)

Join us Sunday, October 22, as we celebrate two Masses in honor of the Sisters of the Holy Family and Venerable Henriette Delille, the first American-born African American whose cause for canonization has officially been opened by the Catholic Church! The Masses will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA. The first Mass will start at 8:30 a.m. and the second will be at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.

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Did You Miss the Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress?

Twenty-five members of the diocesan Black Catholic Community attended this year’s National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC). This year’s Congress was held in Orlando, Florida from July 6-9, 2017 with the theme, The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: Act Justly, Love Goodness and Walk Humbly with Your God. While the NBCC attendees witnessed many of the same speakers and presentations, each individual walked away from the Congress with a different perspective. Read reflections from the participants of this year's NBCC.

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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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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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Stand Up and Speak Out: Racism is a Sin

Read a thoughtful reflection on the unrest in Charlottesville and our country by DeKarlos Blackmon, the Director of Life, Charity, and Justice for the Diocese of Austin.

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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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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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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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Mass in Honor of Venerable Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family

Join us for Mass in Celebration of 175 Years of the Sisters of the Holy Family Faithful Service to the People of God. Mass is at 11:00 a.m., with a reception to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 711 N. Columbus Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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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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