Statement by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on Black History Month 2019


Each year, during the month of February we celebrate Black History Month as a time to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans to our nation's history.  We reflect on many accomplishments of numerous individuals, in areas of life that include science, sports, the arts, civil rights and politics.  As Catholics, we especially remember the great contributions made by African Americans to the life of our Church in this country. In his recent Christmas message, Pope Francis  reminded us, “Our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic: it is better to have tiles of many colours available, rather than just a few.” Seeking the prayers of Our Lady, the Mother of All Nations, we celebrate Black History Month recalling the achievements of the past and looking forward to a future bright with the hope of a greater unity and harmony among people of all races.