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Sr. Thea Bowman (1937 – 1990) was a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration who dedicated her life to working for the African American Catholic community. She was instrumental in the creation of many Catholic multicultural and African American projects such as the first edition of Lead Me, Guide Me, an African American Catholic hymnal, and co-founded the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in Louisiana. Sr. Thea’s life mission was to share her rich cultural heritage and spirituality through song, prayer, teaching, preaching and writing. Although diagnosed with cancer in 1984, she continued to give programs designed to encourage communication between cultures including this historic presentation to the U.S. Catholic Bishops about Black Catholic Spirituality in June 1989.
As we celebrate Black Catholic History Month, check out some of these great leaders of African decent who are On The Road to Sainthood
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail, Christian Churches Together, one of the largest ecumenical organizations in the U.S., offered a response and created a Study Guide to facilitate reflection either for groups or individuals. The webpage for this important document also has an additional introduction for Catholics to the Study Guide and an introductory letter from Bishop Madden and Bishop Flores.
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Join the Free Catholic Charities USA Parish Social Ministry Professional Interest Section Open to all interested in enhancing the "...vitality and quality of social justice ministries in our parishes..." Enjoy many ministry support and professional development benefits.
Looking to the future, next year will mark the 30th anniversary of "What We Have Seen and Heard" Check it out to see what the Bishops were saying 30 years ago. And check back soon for additional information and resources like this...
can be done to end the violence in the African American community
whether in the streets, behind closed doors or in the womb? As NBCAL suggests, "A Revolution is
Warranted." See page 2 of this year's resource for action ideas.
In the Diocese of Charleston, the Office of Black Catholics is bringing the Gospel message to youth, right where they are - on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the skit performed on April 6, 2013 at their Black Catholic Heritage program. Other videos and posts are available on their website and facebook page. Thanks for sharing, Kathleen!
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