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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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African National Eucharistic Congress 2023

Every five years the African National Eucharistic Congress brings together African Catholics in the United States to celebrate the living presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and share our faith and rich heritage, as we help grow our Church.

Six Black Catholics

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.

Mother Mary Lange

On The Road To Sainthood Walk-A-Thon 2022

The Mother Mary Lange Guild will be holding a virtual walk-a-thon to help raise funds to continue the mission of Mother Lange. Registration are open! Become a donor or sponsor a walker. All donations are due by November 30, 2022. Help meet the goal of $50,000!

Fr. Tolton and Mother Mary Lange Award

Fr. Tolton Award Recognizes Service to Black Catholics

Annually, the diocesan Office of Multicultural Ministries awards an individual with the Fr. Augustus Tolton and Mother Lange Black Catholic Service Award, often shortened to “the Tolton Award.”


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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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