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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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Black Catholic History Month Mass

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington and the Office of Multicultural Ministries' Black Catholic Ministry, invite you to Mass in celebration of National Black Catholic History Month. Mass will begin at 11:00AM with a reception to follow at St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church, 1421 Wiehle Ave., Reston, VA 20190.


Black Catholic History Month We've Come This Far by Faith: Continuing to Write the Vision

November is Black Catholic History Month. During this month, the Office of Multicultural Ministries' Black Catholic Ministry, invite you to "We've Come This Far by Faith: Continuing to Write the Vision." on Saturday, November 4 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

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St. Martin de Porres Service Prayer

The Advisory Council on Racism of the Diocese of Arlington invites all to the St. Martin de Porres Prayer Service on November 3 at 7:00PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The guest speaker will be Ricky Malebranche, Seminarian, Diocese of Arlington.

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Celebrating Black Catholics

A Haitian slave who became a wealthy New York City hairdresser and Catholic philanthropist. The foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, a congregation of African American religious women, nearly 200 years ago. The first U.S. Catholic priest known to be Black.

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Arlington bishop: ‘Reflect on faithful witness’ during Black Catholic History Month

In this Catholic News Agency article, Bishop Burbidge discusses the importance of Black Catholic History.

Pictured: Sister Thea Bowman (Courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration) and Venerable Augustus Tolton | Credit: New York Public Library


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.


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 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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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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