In response to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) recent pastoral letter, Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love  and Archbishop William E. Lori’s pastoral letter on racism, The Journey to Racial Justice, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has created a Racism Workgroup to implement the concrete actions outlined in Archbishop Lori’s pastoral letter.  Those actions include:

  • Organizing training and resources for conducting forums throughout our institutions to discuss and address the issue of racism;
  • Examining the diversity of our institutions, including archdiocesan leadership, seminaries, clergy, parishes, schools and social service programs, and enhance efforts to further diversify our institutions where needed;
  • Strengthening existing efforts to attract new members of the church and candidates for priesthood and religious life from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Identifying archdiocesan staff responsible for carrying out these identified goals.

To launch these efforts, the Archdiocese, in conjunction with the USCCB, and Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU), hosted a listening session on racism on Monday, April 29 at NDMU