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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.

Martin Luther King 2019

Mass in Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Burbidge, reception to follow.

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Bishop Howze

Bishop Howze Dies January 9, 2019

Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Biloxi and the first black bishop in the 20th century to head a U.S. diocese, died Jan. 9. He was 95.

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Beverly Anderson awarded at Tolton play

Beverly Anderson, business manager at St. Joseph's Church in Alexandria, VA is this year's recipient of the award. She was surprised with the plaque at the free performance of "Tolton: From Slave to Priest". Read more about the award and the play!

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A.C.T Now! Recap from the Rally to End Racism is DC

The gathering, under the title Awaken Confront Transform (ACT) Now, took place over three days, from Tuesday, April 3rd to Thursday, Apr. 5th, with the three-fold purpose to: ╬ AWAKEN ourselves to the truth that racism is ever-present, deeply rooted in American culture, and profoundly damaging to our communities. ╬ CONFRONT racism, speak truth to ourselves, our communities and institutions, and stand against injustice. ╬ TRANSFORM the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and structures that shape society.

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Kujenga 2018 Recap

The leadership building retreat was a huge success that bore lasting fruit, budded new friendships, and inspired our youth! Check out the blog post that details the entire weekend.

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National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Honors Women's History Month

Women's History Month offers a perfect opportunity to celebrate the character and accomplishments of women. Read about Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, and more of the NCNW National Chairs.

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Mother Mary Lange

Prayer for the Beatification of Mother Mary Lange

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19th Annual African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States (ACCCRUS) Convention

Theme: A Global Church in a Globalized World; The Implications for the Church in Africa. The conference will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona

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Check Out the Black Catholic Ministries Newsletter

Learn more about our diocesan Black Catholic Ministries by reading about what events and activities they have held recently, as well as the events that are coming up soon!

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The Pastoral Plan of Action Instrument released

We are pleased to announce the release of the NBCC Pastoral Plan of Action Instrument, developed by delegates from across the country, appointed by their bishops. We encourage you to read through the document and use the action steps as guides to help structure the outreach within your diocese, parish, or organization.

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Grace-Filled Black Catholic Women: Standing on the Promise

The 4th National Black Catholic Women's Gathering, sponsored by National Black Sisters' Conference in New Orleans is coming up! For more information call 202-529-9250 or email thenationalblacksistersconfer@verizon.net

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Sisters of the Holy Family 175th Anniversary

The Sisters of the Holy Family 175th Anniversary celebration at St. Joseph in Alexandria, VA was a great success! Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible. Sr. Geneva James & Sr. Clara Mae Jackson gave excellent presentations during the Masses and were very engaging during the reception that followed.

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NBCC XII Group Photo 2017

Did You Miss the Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress?

Twenty-five members of the diocesan Black Catholic Community attended this year’s National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC). This year’s Congress was held in Orlando, Florida from July 6-9, 2017 with the theme, The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me: Act Justly, Love Goodness and Walk Humbly with Your God. While the NBCC attendees witnessed many of the same speakers and presentations, each individual walked away from the Congress with a different perspective. Read reflections from the participants of this year's NBCC.

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Gerard Marie-Anthony Ordination

Meet the Second Black Catholic Permanent Deacon to be Ordained in the Diocese of Arlington!

Gerard-Marie Anthony became the second Black Catholic Permanent Deacon to be ordained in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Bishop Michael Burbidge ordained him at the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More in Arlington, VA. Gerard Marie-Anthony is a theologian, author, apologist, and religion/bioethics teacher at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School. He is a long time member of the Legion of Mary and has published many articles in the Catholic literary world and has given talks for Confirmation retreats, adult education, young adult gatherings, bible studies and Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Person. Congratulations, Deacon Marie-Anthony!

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Rev. Roy Edward Campbell, Jr. Named New Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington

Pope Francis named Rev. Roy Edward Campbell, Jr., pastor of St. Joseph Church in Largo, MD, the new auxiliary bishop of Washington. Bishop-elect Campbell will assist Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington in meeting the pastoral needs of the diocese.

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Stand Up and Speak Out: Racism is a Sin

Read a thoughtful reflection on the unrest in Charlottesville and our country by DeKarlos Blackmon, the Director of Life, Charity, and Justice for the Diocese of Austin.

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Watch the St. Joseph's Women's Fellowship Choir Concert

Did you miss the St. Joseph's Women's Fellowship Choir Concert on June 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria? Watch the entire concert via the link below to enjoy the beautiful sounds of gospel music!

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Sainthood Cause Opened for Julia Greeley, a Former Slave

In December 2016, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver, Colorado formally opened the sainthood cause of Julia Greeley, a former slave from Missouri, who spent her days caring for the poor.

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African American Affairs E-Newsletter 2017

Read the five most news-worthy items from African American Affairs. Read the Lenten Reflection from Bishop Shelton Fabre, the response to the February National Call re: USCCB Task Force Recommendations, find out what happened at the first U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements, register for the National Black Catholic Congress XII, and attend Pre-Congress Conversations with African Descendant Bishops and Young Adults on July 5 in Orlando, Florida.

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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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