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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.


2019 Women's Choir

Join us for the Women's Weekend Fellowship at St. Joseph in Alexandria!

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

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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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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Black Catholic Pastoral Plan

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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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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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!

DeKarlos Blackmon Director of life charity and justice for diocese of austin

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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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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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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