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Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

African National Eucharistic Congress ‘sparking hope’ for revival

Jul 24, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Among the many pilgrims to this year’s Congress was a 25-person delegation from the Diocese of St. Thomas in the... Read more

The Josephite priests offer prayers, eucharistic Holy Hours, and litanies to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to whom the order has had a devotion during the more than 150 years of ministry dedicated to serving African Americans in the United States.

Josephites share devotion to Sacred Heart in largely African American parishes they serve

Jun 16, 2023

By Susan Klemond

The Josephites’ mission was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and named the “Josephites” because St. Joseph was the... 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

Fr. Augustus Tolton.

Gregory appointment a milestone in the history of African-American Catholics

Apr 4, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s appointment Thursday as Archbishop of Washington marks a significant moment for the Archdiocese of Washington. It is... Read more

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta.

Pope Francis names Wilton Gregory to follow Wuerl at Washington archdiocese

Apr 4, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Thursday named Archbishop Wilton Gregory the Archbishop of Washington, succeeding Cardinal Donald Wuerl.  Read more

Participants at the July 31 Xavier University of Louisiana event. Photo courtesy of Xavier University of Louisiana.

New resource center to promote African American sainthood causes

Aug 1, 2018

By Perry West

Xavier University of Louisiana has announced a new initiative to unite groups working on the promotion of African American canonization... Read more