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Black Catholic Round-up, Thanksgiving Edition (11/26/2020)

The Thanksgiving 2020 edition of the Black Catholic Round-up, an aggregation of Black Catholic news and media from around the country.

The latest entry in our #BlackCatholicRoundup series, which amplifies Black Catholic news coming from other outlets. (Note: inclusion here does not necessarily indicate BCM's full endorsement of the story's material.)


Mother Emma Lewis and her lasting impact in South Jersey | Catholic Star Herald
Though the story obscures it somewhat, Mother Emma was indeed a Black Catholic.
African American Catholic Month &; Archival Resources – Special Collections & The Gallery
Note: incorrectly calls Bishop Joseph Francis, SVD, consecrated auxiliary bishop of Newark in 1976, the first African-American bishop. That would be Bishop James Healy (1875), Bishop Joseph Bowers (1953), Bishop Harold Perry (1966), or Bishop Joseph Howze (1977)—depending on one's criteria.
City Council receives bids from 22 who want Confederate statues
To donate or not to donate?That is the question Richmond City Council may face when it comes to disposing of most of the city-owned Confederate statues.
Belmead on the James put in a bid to receive all of the statues, but it is not clear if this refers to the (presumably Black-led) nonprofit established to save the former site of two Black Catholic schools—commemorated here in BCM—or to the man who later purchased the property.
  • A reflection from a Traditionalist parish in D.C. on an Oxford Movement priest who ministered to Black Catholics in the area during the early- to mid-20th century. Though he did not desegregate his congregation, he augmented the practice of segregated seating by celebrating Mass separately for Black congregants in the church basement. He later became their pastor at a new parish in Fort Stanton, and they presumably helped donate his gravesite memorial marker.

Cardinal-elect Gregory

Cardinal-elect Gregory: a pastor shaped by a “wonderful legacy of faith” - Vatican News
Washington DC’s Archbishop speaks about how he heard about his appointment as a Cardinal and about the “wonderful legacy of faith” that has shaped him ...
Historic Pick of Cardinal-Designate Gregory May Have Political Impact
Washington’s Archbishop Wilton becoming the first African-American cardinal carries a political message, church observers say.
Includes comments from Dr. Ansel Augustine (Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach for the Cardinal-elect Gregory's archdiocese), and Dr. Shannen Dee Williams (Albert LePage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University).
Also featuring Dr. Augustine.


Edmundites back initiative to attract African American scholars - Saint Michael’s College
Saint Michael’s College Racial Justice Task Force has announced “The Edmundite Graduate Fellows’ Program for African American Scholars at Saint Michael’s College.” Two scholars-in-residence will be invited next fall. “The […]
More details here.

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