November is named Black Catholic History Month in the United States, but many parishes around the country are celebrating and remembering African Americans with Eucharistic celebrations and reflections in February as well.
Firstly, The National Black Catholic Congress newsletter this month features Robert Boxie’s vocation story and journey to Rome from Louisiana.
|"We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal commitment to witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ."||Robert Boxie pictured in Rome, Italy where he continues his seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College (NAC).|
Secondly, the Archdiocese of Washington gives a great description of Black Catholic History Month along with a list of Catholic ancestors of African descent who have laid the foundation for our faith:
St. Augustine, St. Monica, Charles Lwanga, Lena Edwards Madison, Archbishop Eugene A. Marino, SSJ, Dr. Thomas Wyatt Turner, Daniel Rudd, Pierre Toussaint, Sr. Thea Bowman, St. Benedict the Moor, Llewellyn Scott, Pope St. Victor, Pope St. Gelasius, St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas, Nathan Jones, Fr. Joseph Davis, St. Cyprian, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Moses the Black, Fr. Charles Uncles, SSJ, Fr. Augustus Tolton, Dr. Katherine W. Cole, Robert L. Robinson, Mathias de Sousa, Bishop Carl Fisher, Archbishop James Lyke.
Finally, The Office for Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Chicago, newsletter The Drum, features , “Faces in Black History” and a “What’s Happening this Month” section with celebrations that honor and remember Black Catholics.
How are your parishes incorporating Black History Month? How will your parishes remember Black Catholic History Month in November?