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The 31st annual meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium will take place Oct. 7-9 at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame to host 31st Annual Black Catholic Theological Symposium

Oct 3, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Oct. 7, the University of Notre Dame will begin to host the 31st annual Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS)... Read more

Armonté Snodgrass, freshman at Louisville's Saint Xavier High School, who received the 2021 Rodriq McCravy Scholarship award at the 34th annual African American Catholic Leadership Awards banquet

Catholic schools have ‘mighty role’ for Black Catholic leaders, Louisville archbishop says

Aug 25, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Louisville archdiocese has made steady progress in enrolling more African-Americans in Catholic schools, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of... Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Venerable Augustus Tolton a model of handling racial injustice, Philly archbishop says

Jul 1, 2021

By CNA Staff

Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first widely recognized African-American priest, is a model for how to overcome racism and persecution, the... Read more

Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa.

Reflections on the role of the Cathedral during the Tulsa Race Massacre and today

Jun 1, 2021

By Eastern Oklahoma Catholic

At the end of May, our local community will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Sparked by... Read more

The Church of St. Benedict the Moor in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Priests share hope for new Pittsburgh parish in Black Catholic tradition

Mar 13, 2021

By Kate Veik

Last summer, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh made an important announcement. St. Benedict the Moor, a historic parish in the... Read more

Thea Bowman, as a postulant   Credit: Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

The hidden history of Black Catholic nuns in the U.S.

Feb 11, 2021

Black Catholic nuns have made manifold contributions to the Church in the United States, and theirs is a story that... Read more

Black Catholic leader says Black Lives Matter organization 'ill-equipped to lead'

Sep 21, 2020

A Black Catholic leader said Friday that the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation is the wrong organization to lead... Read more

Earl Gage Jr. in an undated photo from the San Francisco Independent newspaper. Photo courtesy of Blondell Chism via Catholic San Francisco.

San Francisco to name street after first Black firefighter, a Catholic convert

Jul 30, 2020

San Francisco’s first Black firefighter, a Catholic convert whose faith helped him endure years of racial abuse within the department,... Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Catholics hold pilgrimage to grave of Venerable Augustus Tolton, first African American priest

Jul 12, 2020

By Perry West

The fourth annual Quincy pilgrimage honoring Venerable Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest, took place Thursday with the intention of... Read more

Photo of a portrait of Mary Seacole (c.1869), by Albert Charles Challen (original held by the National Portrait Gallery in London.) Public domain.

‘It meant a great deal to her’: the Catholic faith of the woman voted ‘greatest Black Briton’

Jul 8, 2020

She was voted the “greatest Black Briton.” A statue of her stands opposite the Houses of Parliament. Her heroic life... Read more

A crucifix at the Basilica of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Rebuilt from the ashes: The story of an American basilica

Jul 4, 2020

By Adelaide Mena

An immigrant parish, burnt down, with only the crucifix remaining. A parish rebuilt, transformed and a key part in giving... Read more

Abraham Lincoln. Public domain.

Why Abraham Lincoln held a White House fundraiser for this black Catholic parish

Feb 12, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

When black Catholics in DC wanted a church, Abraham Lincoln helped raise the money  Read more

Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood

Jun 12, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the... Read more

Sister Thea Bowman. Courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Sr Thea Bowman's cause for canonization could open at US bishops' meeting

Nov 11, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Sr. Thea Bowman was the first African American woman to address the U.S. bishops' conference. Most likely, she was also... Read more

Photo courtesy of Xavier University

The historically black Catholic university founded by a saint

Feb 12, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Of the 106 historically black colleges in the United States, only one is Roman Catholic - Xavier University of Louisiana.  Read more

Julia Greeley.

Former slave Julia Greeley first to be buried at Denver’s cathedral

Jun 12, 2017

By Aaron Lambert

In what was a historic first for the Archdiocese of Denver, the exhumed remains of a potential saint were laid... Read more

This 200 year-old black Catholic school is a 'gem' in Baltimore's inner city

Feb 21, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Nestled among the mix of shiny new storefronts, foreclosed row houses, parks, and public housing, lies what locals call the... Read more

Julia Greeley.

For the ex-slave who blessed Denver, a path to sainthood opens

Dec 18, 2016

Julia Greeley was born into slavery in Hannibal, Missouri. But her cause for sainthood was opened on Sunday in Denver,... Read more

Why this bishop thinks moral leadership will bridge the racial divide

Aug 11, 2016

With the second anniversary of riots in Ferguson, Mo., this week, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville has noted the downfalls... Read more

The painful, resilient history of America's black Catholics

Feb 24, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

For Fr. Stephen Thorne, Black History Month is not only a chance to remember the struggles faced by the African-American... Read more