Do This In Remembrance of Me (3)

Black Catholic History Month Conference 2022

November is Black Catholic History Month. During this month, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington and the Office of Multicultural Ministries' Black Catholic Ministry, invite you to “Do This In Remembrance of Me: Remembering Black Catholic History and how it impacts our faith here and now.”

The conference will feature dynamic speakers, both lay and religious, speaking on the lives of Black Catholic saints and saints to be, with an emphasis on “remembering” how Black Catholics changed the history of not only our country, but our own Diocese of Arlington.

The conference begins at noon and concludes with a 5 p.m. Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane Arlington, VA 22203. Bishop Michael F. Burbidge will be the main celebrant and homilist.  

Some of our featured speakers:

  • Deacon Albert Anderson Jr., St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria
  • Ricky Malebranche, Seminarian for the Diocese of Arlington
  • Emelda August, Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City
  • Beverly Thornton, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria
  • Mary Hicks, St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston
  • Cecilia Braveboy, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington

Check back soon for information on:

  • More speakers and bios
  • Complete schedule of events


This event is FREE, but RSVP required. Please email by October 31 to secure your spot. Lunch and snacks provided free of charge.

Download the event flyer (PDF)

Black Catholic Ministry Page

Advisory Council on Racism Page