How Catholics should be thinking about Black History Month

The following article is adapted from an October 2020 interview with Father Joshua Johnson by theologian Shaun Blanchard, which originally appeared in Church Life Journal, the publication of Notre Dame University’s McGrath Institute for Church Life. One question I hear quite a bit from people is, “Why are there so few Black Catholics in America?” …

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Black Catholics celebrate their heritage, take active role in the church

HARTFORD, Connecticut — Deacon Art Miller, a cradle Catholic whose grandparents moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the South Side of Chicago, grew up in a segregated society during the 1950s. He was friends with Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was brutally murdered in Mississippi after being accused of whistling at a white woman. Miller …

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What our Black saints can teach us

He was born a slave. Not one seminary in the United States would accept him. He had to study for the priesthood in Italy. But he died a priest and might someday be canonized. The story of Father Augustus Tolton was just one of many stories shared by archdiocesan Catholics ahead of Black Catholic History …

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The Little Flower of Alabama

The spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, is so profound and timeless that Pope St. John Paul II named her a doctor of the Church a 100 years after her death. The Little Flower inspired Catholics all over the world to adopt her spirituality of undertaking little acts with heroic love. Yet …

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Celebrating the Contributions of Black Catholics

February’s celebration of Black History Month in the United States traces its roots back to the 1920s, but it attained more formal recognition in the 1970s, as is obvious with President Gerald R. Ford’s 1976 Bicentennial Year message about its importance. Ford described Black History Month as an occasion to “seize the opportunity to honor …

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