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Bowman-Francis Ministry hosting virtual Advent Bible study next month

The Divine Word Missionaries' Black Catholic ministry is continuing its online outreach during the pandemic, hosting a Bible study next month leading up to Christmas.

The Bowman-Francis Ministry, a Black Catholic ministry sponsored by the Divine Word Missionaries, is hosting its next virtual Bible study throughout the month of December, hosted by Fr Charles Smith, SVD.

The event follows similar series earlier this year for Lent and in preparation for the National Black Catholic Men’s Conference held virtually last month.

Entitled “Born in the Humblest of Places”, the winter event shares a thematic focus with the men’s study, which occurred over the summer and focused on the benefits of humility in the Christian life.

Also like previous studies, next month’s will be self-paced, with weekly video messages sent out digitally each Wednesday alongside a study guide.

“The hope of God setting everything right and making everything new again begins with the birth of Jesus, who was born in the humblest of places,” Smith said in a video promo released November 15th.

“In this four-session Advent Bible study, you will find encouragement from the lives of people in the Bible who trusted God’s promises and said yes to God’s holy plan.”

Smith hosted the previous studies this year alongside BFM co-founder Fr Kenneth Hamilton, SVD, and will be going solo for this entry.

He notes the Advent study will have a “central focus on anticipation and joy”.

“Join us as we celebrate God’s kindness, goodness, and choose to trust in God’s holy promises even when the future seems uncertain.”

The study comes amidst a Christmas season unlike virtually any other, the first since the lifting of most restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic—which itself caused ministries like BFM to transition to more online outreach.

This latest offering, which begins December 1st, is free and registration is open now.

Nate Tinner-Williams is co-founder and editor of Black Catholic Messenger, a seminarian with the Josephites, and a ThM student with the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA).

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