Black Catholic Ministry

Archdiocese of Baltimore will use this moment in history to combat racism

Sherita Thomas will work with a team of consultants to initiate an arch­diocesan-wide series of dialogues on racism and assist in examining and improving efforts to increase diversity and inclusiveness at every level of the archdiocese.
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Kirk Gaddy, black Catholic educator and father figure to many, dies suddenly at 55

A lifelong parishioner of Historic St. Francis Xavier in Baltimore and major influence in the education of black youths from pre-K to college, Gaddy was in his second stint on the staff at St. Frances Academy, where he had been in the class of 1983. 
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A prayer to celebrate Juneteenth — a light of hope for freedom and justice

The brutal history of slavery and segregation continues to inflict pain on our society, and Juneteenth offers a light of hope on the fight for freedom and justice.
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Maryland bishops call for action against racism

The bishops who make up the governing board of the Maryland Catholic Conference released a statement June 15 that recalls “our own Church’s past sins and failings and admit to them freely.”
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Josephites among religious and laity joining ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

"The Catholic voice as a group, as a family needs to be heard," said Father Cornelius Ejiogu, a member of the Baltimore-based Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, best known as the Josephites.
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Archbishop Lori offers invocation at ‘Protest with a Purpose’

The archbishop prayed for the Holy Spirit to consume racism and the conditions that led to the deaths of Floyd, Gray, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others around the nation.
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A message from Archbishop Lori

I write to share with you important news about immediate steps the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be taking as we grapple with the deep anguish and racial tension we are currently witnessing locally and throughout our country.
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Knights ask Catholics to pray novena for national unity, end to racism

The Knights of Columbus called on the nation's Catholics to participate in a novena beginning June 7 to pray for national unity and an end to racism amid the unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
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Baltimore faith leaders call for peace and unity

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori joined faith leaders from across the city June 3 to pray for peace and healing after more than a week of nationwide protests and unrest in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers.
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After ‘taking a knee,’ border bishop gets a call from the pope

"The Holy Father said that he wanted to congratulate me for the words I am saying," Bishop Seitz said,
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Josephites mourn loss of priests to virus, express sorrow over Floyd death

Josephite Father Frank Martin Hull and Father Joseph John McKinley, who both had lived at the Josephite Senior Residence in Washington.
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Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a blind eye to racism and exclusion.
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