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Sister Thea Bowman (Courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration) and Venerable Augustus Tolton

Arlington bishop: ‘Reflect on faithful witness’ during Black Catholic History Month

Nov 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Bishop Michael Burbidge said the month, observed in November, is “an important time” time to review the roles Black Catholics... Read more

Mother Mary Lange.

Mother Mary Lange, founder of first African American religious congregation, declared venerable

Jun 22, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Mother Mary Lange founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence more than three decades before the Civil War. Read more

Sister Thea Bowman and Venerable Augustus Tolton.

Meet the 6 American Black Catholics who are on the road to sainthood

Feb 28, 2023

By Jim Graves

At the end of Black History Month, Catholics would do well to recall that there are currently six African American... Read more

Sister Brenda Cherry (right) attests to the long legacy of teaching by the Oblate Sisters of Providence.

Servant of God Mother Mary Lange and the rich history of Black Catholic religious orders

Feb 28, 2023

By Jim Graves

Two centuries ago, Mary Elizabeth Lange emigrated to the United States from Cuba and joined a friend to offer free... Read more

Mother Mary Lange.

Sainthood cause advances for religious sister, educator who fought racism

Dec 11, 2019

In the race to see who will become the first canonized black American saint, one candidate’s cause has advanced: Mother... Read more

Baltimore's new Catholic school to be named after African American nun

Sep 6, 2018

The city of Baltimore will soon see a new Catholic school open for the first time in decades, named after... 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