Black Catholic Ministry

The Black Catholic Commission was established in 2011 in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for the purpose of supporting the Bishop in providing spiritual, cultural, and social nourishment to Catholics of African descent, thereby facilitating their enrichment within the diocese and encouraging them to participate more fully in the life and activities of the Church.

  • To serve as a vehicle to provide spiritual, cultural and social nourishment for Catholics of African descent.
  • To promote active involvement in church ministry, religious vocation and leadership among Black Catholics.
  • To encourage and support those who minister in the Black Catholic community.
  • To implement programs which respond to the needs of Black Catholics and the broader Black community, such as the National Black Catholic Pastoral Plan.
  • To encourage and develop Black leadership within the Catholic diocese.
  • To act as an agency for community concerns of Blacks.
  • To maintain contact and communication with local and national groups which have similar goals.
  • To keep the Black Catholic Community up to date on materials and programs and workshops and other local, state and national events as they relate to the broader Catholic Community.

Programs

There are a variety of programs offered.

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Events & Info

ANNUAL ARCHBISHOP LYKE CONFERENCE – JUNE 14-18, 2022

Featuring: Black Confirmation — Rejoicing in the Gifts of the Young; Liturgical Dancers; RCIA Leaders; Preachers; Musicians; Parochial; Confirmandi; Sacristans; Laity; Pastors; Teachers; Deacons; Youth Ministers; CYO Leaders; Parish Council Leadership; Eucharistic Ministers; Parish Catechetical Leaders

For further information: www.lykeconference.com

 

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA INSTITUTE FOR BLACK CATHOLIC STUDIES – JUNE 27 – JULY 15, 222
Go to: https://www.xula.edu/ibcs/

 

NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC CONGRESS – SAVE THE DATE!  July 20 through 23, 2023
Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center
National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC).   Go to: https://nbccongress.org/event/nbcc-congress-xiii-gathering/

 

Resources
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Black Catholic History
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Sainthood Candidates
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This ministry is supported through gifts to the Catholic Ministry Appeal.