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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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Veronica Dabney

Veronica Dabney Receives ‘Tolton Award’

Veronica Dabney, a parishioner of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Church in Arlington, is the 2021 recipient of diocesan Black Catholic Ministries’ Father Augustus Tolton and Mother Mary Lange award. The news was announced this month as part of Black History Month.

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Racism2019

Advisory Council on Racism

Bishop Burbidge announced the decision to form an Advisory Council on Racism at the Requiem for the Black Children of God, a prayer service held in early August, to be comprised of Black Catholic leaders, including clergy, lay men and lay women. Candidates were considered after receiving recommendations from pastors, The Office of Multicultural Ministries, and other ministry leaders.

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Dr. King

In Light of MLK Day, Bishop Burbidge Urges An Examination of Conscience

Patrick Riley came dressed for the occasion. At the Mass in Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Falls Church sported a pin of the civil rights leader, a token he received for donating to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. His tie featured smiling children of different ethnicities. He wore a red checked shirt, “because I think of him as a martyr,” said Riley.

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Bev Anderson

Seeking A Common Goal For the African American Community

Alexandria, VA – This month we shine a light on a hidden pillar of Alexandria, Mrs. Beverly Anderson. Mrs. Anderson is a devoted wife and mother, and a retiree from the Social Security Administration where she served for 35 years.

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Archbishop Gregory

First African American Cardinal For U.S.

WASHINGTON — Cardinal-designate Wilton D. Gregory, installed as Washington’s archbishop in May 2019, thanked Pope Francis “with a very grateful and humble heart” for naming him one of 13 new cardinals Oct. 25.

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Racism2019

New Advisory Council Will Develop Strategic Plan To Address Racism

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge named 14 Black lay leaders and clergy from across the diocese to a new Advisory Council on Racism Oct. 1. The council members, appointed for three-year terms, will meet at least quarterly to draw up a strategic plan for addressing racism in the diocese.

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Racism2019

Arlington’s Black Catholics Say Racism Is ‘The Other Virus'

Another unarmed black man dead at the hands of police. This time, a video showed an officer kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed man, George Floyd, who said repeatedly before he died that he could not breathe and reportedly called out for his mother.

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Lange

Mother Mary Lange’s Cause for Sainthood Moves Forward, Archbishop Lori Says

Vatican officials are moving ahead with the cause for sainthood for Mother Mary Lange, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori said Thursday in Rome. If canonized, Mother Lange, the founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, would be become the first black American saint.

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Fr. Tolton

Fr. Tolton Advances Toward Sainthood

Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood”, in the description section, put Pope Francis recognized the heroic virtue of Fr. Tolton June 12 making him “venerable” within the Church, only two steps away from canonization. With the decree, Catholics are now authorized to pray directly to Tolton as an intercessor before God.

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Mother Mary Lange

Prayer for the Beatification of Mother Mary Lange

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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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