Black Catholic Messenger :

Motherless Children’: the African-American youth and young adult ministry struggle

In 1989, Servant of God Sr. Dr. Thea Bowman, F.S.P.A., addressed the USSCB at their annual June meeting, explaining what it meant to be Black (specifically African American) and Catholic.

“That means I come to my church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten you, does it? I bring myself, my black self. All that I am. All that I have. All that I hope to become. I bring my whole experience, my history, my culture. I bring my African American song and dance, gesture and movement, teaching and preaching and healing and responsibility, as a gift to the church.”

She ended her moving presentation by having the bishops stand hand-in-hand, singing the Negro Spiritual, “We Shall Overcome.”  Read on>>>>