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Alessandra Harris

Novelist, wife, mother, and BCM co-founder. Degrees in Comparative Religious studies and Middle East Studies and currently studying in the Diocese of San Jose's Institute for Leadership in Ministry.

Ali Mumbach

Houston, Texas native in first year of graduate school at Howard University, studying to get her master’s degree in sociology. She is the graduate assistant for the HU Bison Catholic campus ministry.

Ansel Augustine

New Orleans Area Director for Vagabond Missions. Has served on the board of directors for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry.

Ashley Paul

Student in Colorado graduating from high school in 2023. Passionate about diversity and activism, and focuses on representation from many perspectives, including religion.

BCM Staff

Founded in October 2020. Amplifying Black Catholic voices.

Br Herman Johnson, OP

Dominican religious brother in the Province of St. Martin de Porres. Teacher of Spanish at Xavier University of Louisiana. Master's degrees in theology and counseling and a doctorate in Spanish.

Cory Frontin

Lay Catholic who hails from the Washington, DC area but is currently stranded in Boston.

Dorothy Dempsey

A senior citizen who loves to write. Published in The St. Louis American, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Belleville News, St. Louis Catholic Review, and in various books.

Douglas M. Stringer

Business, Political, and Government Relations Consultant in DC and proud member of St Augustine Catholic Church. Currently serving as the Candidate Outreach Director for Democrats for Life of America.

Efran Menny

Husband, father, regular BCM contributor. His work is informed by experience as an educator and studies in social work. Has a passion for elevating topics on justice and theology for Black Catholics.

Fr Anthony Bozeman, SSJ

Pastor of the Church of the Transfiguration in Los Angeles, host of the "Turned Up on the Word!" podcast, as well as a revivalist and liturgist.

Fr Jeffery Ott, OP

Fr. Jeffery Ott, OP, is a Dominican friar of the Province of St. Martin de Porres ( and pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia (

Fr Joseph Brown, SJ

Joseph A. Brown, SJ, Ph.D. is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois and a Catholic priest. He currently teaches Africana studies at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Fr Nnaemeka Ali, OMI

Born and raised in Eastern Nigeria and serving at the Innu First Nation communities of Ekuanitshit (Mingan) and Matimekush-Lac John (Schefferville) at the Coastal Shores of Quebec in Canada.

Isaiah Brickus

Graduate in public policy and African American studies from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Lay Dominican, FOCUS missionary at Temple University, and prison ministry volunteer.

Jari C. Honora

Jari C. Honora is a New Orleans native with Black Catholic roots dating back more than two centuries in Louisiana. He works in the Williams Research Center of the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Jenario D. Morgan

Native Detroiter, resident of South Bend and father of two. For 12 years, I taught theology in Detroit, where I was the first diversity director for the local KoC. (Also a former Grand Knight.)

Kiratiana Freelon

Independent journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her reporting focuses on social injustice, Afro-Brazilian communities, religion, and Brazil's dynamic economic and political landscape.

Louis Damani Jones

Graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis and co-host of the Living Communion podcast. He is also the recipient of the 2020 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the USCCB.

Nancy Sangwa Saro

Neonatal ICU Nurse and student of Bioethics. Rwandan-American and member of the Emmanuel Community, an association of the faithful of pontifical right. Enjoy scribbling poems when the mood strikes me.

Nate Tinner-Williams

Co-founder and editor of Black Catholic Messenger. ThM student w/ the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana.

National Association of Black Catholic Administrators

Providing a forum for diocesan Black Catholic ministry directors to gather and share their collective resources to address the spiritual needs, issues and concerns facing the Black Catholic community.

National Black Sisters' Conference

The National Black Sisters' Conference (NBSC) was established in 1968 to educate, support, and communicate to African American women religious.

Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ

Teaching in the psychology department at Creighton University, where I am also a psychotherapist. I enjoy jazz, traveling, and learning new languages; and I play the guitar, harmonica, and drums.

Preslaysa Williams

Catholic campus minister at Hampton University and Norfolk State University. In addition to her ministry work, she’s a multi-published author and a college writing instructor.

Ralph Moore

Lifelong Catholic who has served on various committees on race, racism, and poverty for the Baltimore Archdiocese. Columnist for the Afro-American and member of the St. Ann Social Justice Committee.

Ronald E. Smith

Lifelong Catholic who enjoys writing. Parishioner at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Dana Point, CA. He and his wife Sandy recently founded Friends of St. Kizito Rubuguri Primary School in Uganda.

Sara Chinakwe

Wife, mother, teacher, and children’s ministry leader. She encourages women and children to pursue God’s purpose and embrace their God-given identity.

Stephen Staten

BCM co-founder. Black Catholic in the San Francisco Bay Area, Knight of Peter Claver, and active in local Catholic music ministry and action for racial justice. Also Claudio Monteverdi's #1 fan.

Tim Tilghman

Permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Washington, currently assigned to St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. The author of “Going to the Well to Build Community: A Pastor’s Guide to Evangelization.”

Zuri Davis

Criminal justice reform activist and a former journalist. Covered police misconduct, wrongful incarceration, the drug war, and the death penalty. Currently residing in Jacksonville, Florida.