National Black Catholic Congress XIII – Day of Reflection
October 3, 2022

The Black Catholic Ministry, Diocese of St. Petersburg, will host a Day of Reflection in preparation for the National Black Catholic Congress XIII.  From July 20 to July 23, 2023 Congress XIII will take place in National Harbor, Maryland. The Congress is held every five years. If you have never been to a Congress before, this is …

National Black Catholic Men’s Conference
August 23, 2022

19th Annual National Black Catholic Men’s Conference 2022- Indianapolis, Indiana October 13th-16th, 2022 Theme: “We Were Made for More Joshua 1:9” REGISTRATION FEE: Adult $150.00 Adult Early Bird (Deadline September 1, 2022) $100.00 Youth and High School $65.00 The conference registration fee includes lunch on Saturday Room Reservations contact: Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Room …

National Black Catholic Congress XIII – “Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive
August 23, 2022

The National Black Catholic Congress announces the date and theme for Congress XIII. Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive After much prayerful consideration, the theme for Congress XIII is “Write the Vision: A Prophetic Call to Thrive.” The theme is based on Habakkuk 2:2-4, “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write down the …

Racial Justice Dialogue Recording from March 24, 2021
March 29, 2021

Can America be Multi-Lingual and United? A discussion on how conversion,  Gospel values and intentional evangelization can facilitate more unity in the Catholic community. Presented by Fr. Raphael Capo, Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Dean of Theology at St. Thomas University. ¿Pueden los Estados Unidos ser una nación multilingüe y unida? Diálogo sobre …

October Conversations about Race Recording
October 28, 2020

In this recording of the “Monthly Conversation about Race” discussion on October 28, 2020, the speaker was Monsignor Carruthers, parochial administrator of Resurrection Parish in Riverview. He talked about “Racism is a Life Issue.”

St. Joseph Parish Holds a Community Forum on Race and Police Brutality in St. Pete
June 17, 2020

The horrific killing of George Floyd has reminded us that racism is a contemporary problem–on the streets, in our workplaces, in our schools, and in our churches. Though peaceful protests are often a necessary means to social change, coming together to build consensus and a clear path forward is also crucial. In order to assist …

Outpouring of support at the Prayer Vigil for Peace, Healing and Change
June 8, 2020

More than 300 people participated in a Holy Hour at the Cathedral of St Jude the Apostle on Sunday, June 7, 2020, to pray for peace, healing and change following the brutal death of George Floyd and the national protests that have erupted. Bishop Gregory Parkes led the solemn prayer service inside, and a group …

Statement from Bishop Gregory Parkes on the Death of George Floyd and Subsequent Protests
June 1, 2020

The manner in which George Floyd died is an atrocity to the humanity and dignity that each person has as a child of God. As a Church, we stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters who demand justice and respect for black individuals who have suffered the effects of racism for generations. As is stated in …

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
June 1, 2020

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB. Archbishop Gomez’s full …

Comunicado del Presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal sobre George Floyd y las Protestas en Ciudades de Estados Unidos
May 31, 2020

El arzobispo José H. Gomez, de Los Ángeles, presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos (USCCB) emitió un comunicado sobre George Floyd y las protestas que han sucedido en ciudades de Estados Unidos en los últimos días. Este pronunciamiento sigue a la declaración del viernes 29 de siete presidentes de comités de obispos de …

Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests
May 29, 2020

Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States. Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, chairman of the Ad Hoc …

Tampa Bay Times Writes About African Catholic Ministry
November 18, 2019

On Sunday, November 17, 2019, an article about the Diocese of St. Petersburg African Catholic Ministry and local observances for National Black Catholic History Month appeared in the Tampa Bay Times. To read the article, click here. (You might be required to subscribe in order to read the article.)

Diocese Introduces Guidelines for Building Intercultural Competencies
July 30, 2019

Our parishes are called to equip parishioners as missionary disciples and in order to do this, leaders need insight into how the Catholic faith and identity are connected to culture. That’s why the Diocese of St. Petersburg has introduced an initiative to help parishes improve how they welcome, receive, and encourage diverse cultures and invite …

Courageously Living In Style
July 17, 2019

Recently Rev. Stephan Brown, Pastor of St. Joseph parish in St. Petersburg, Florida, came by the Pastoral Center to show off their new parish van.  The van, completely wrapped, displays the parish name and motto. It also displays on the front hood and back window, the diocesan vision theme, “Courageously Living the Gospel”.

Diocesan African Mass
October 17, 2018

The African Catholics Ministry of the Diocese of St. Petersburg is hosting it’s first Diocesan African Mass on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 7851 54th Ave. N in St. Petersburg For more information, contact Celina Okpaleke, 941-730-9765

Celebrating 25 Years of Ordination – Rev. Stephan Brown, SVD
June 5, 2018

The St. Joseph, St. Petersburg community is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of Rev. Stephan Brown, SVD, and his installation as Pastor. Scheduled events are as follows: Gospel Musical Program Friday, June 22, 2018 7:00 PM 2101 22nd Avenue South St. Petersburg, FL 33712 Installation Service Saturday, June 23, 2018 5:00 PM 2101 …

Black Catholic Ministry Meeting – July 21, 2018
April 24, 2018

Our quarterly Black Catholic Assembly meeting will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018. We will meet at St. Mark the Evangelist parish in Tampa from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. St. Mark parish is located at 9724 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647. For information, contact Dale Brown at, 727-344-1611, ext. 5458

St. Peter Claver Celebrating 125 Years
January 9, 2018

St. Peter Claver Parish in Tampa is among the oldest in the diocese. In 2018 the historic parish and school  will be celebrating 125 years of existence. The parish will be marking this achievement by activities throughout the year. Please check the parish’s webpage ( for information on its history, photos from the past and …

Gathering on African Christian Theology
March 28, 2017

Click on the links here to read about the recent  conference on African Christian Theology. The gathering, entitled  “African Christian Theology: Memories and Mission for the 21st Century”, was organized by Notre Dame’s Center for Culture and Ethics, and took place in Rome on March 22-25, 2017. The conference included bishops, priests, deacons, professors, theologians, students, …

Rev. Roy Campbell Appointed Auxiliary Bishop, Washington, DC
March 28, 2017

The Rev. Roy Edward Campbell Jr. was recently appointed by Pope Francis to serve as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. He will be one of three bishops in the archdiocese assisting Cardinal Donald Wuerl. As bishop, Rev. Campbell will replace Bishop Martin D. Holley, who served 12 years as auxiliary bishop in Washington …

Statement by the National Association of Black Catholic Administrators
July 19, 2016

NABCA Press Release – July 18, 2016 Birmingham, AL, July 18, 2016– The National Association of Black Catholic Administrators (NABCA) strongly condemns the continuing disproportionate use of excessive and deadly force against Black men and women by law enforcement and any attacks on law enforcement officers in the United States. Racial bias in law enforcement …

Statement by the National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC): A Call to Prayer and Action
July 14, 2016

Baltimore, 13 July 2016:  The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) joins the nation in mourning over the tragedies in Baton Rouge, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and Dallas last week. As we commend to the Lord those who have died, we pray for the consolation of all who are grieving. It is important for Black Catholics …

Day of Reflection in Preparation for National Black Catholic Congress 2017
July 1, 2016

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Please join us at our next diocesan Assembly meeting on Saturday, July 16, 2016 in the McLoughlin Center at Christ the King parish in Tampa, FL. The meeting will be from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The Black Catholic Assembly, Diocese of St. Petersburg will host a Day of Reflection in …

National Black Catholic Congress Coming to Florida
February 24, 2015

July 6-9, 2017 Congress XII….Save the Date! Location: The National Black Catholic Congress, Inc. Hyatt Regency Orlando Orlando, Florida For more information: The NBCC will post more news as it happens on their web site,  

Florida Conference Meeting
January 29, 2015

A meeting was held on Saturday, October 25 for Black Catholic Ministry representatives from the dioceses of Florida. The group, known as the Florida Conference of Offices for Black Catholic Ministry, was established as a Conference to help the various diocesan offices connect, share information and resources, plan events and support one another. Due to …