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Where to find a Black bishop this Easter weekend (2022 edition)

A listing of Easter Masses around the Unites States featuring Black bishops.

"The Empty Tomb" (Vie de Jesus Mafa)

On this, the most holy weekend of the year, Catholics around the world will celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, beginning tonight with the Easter Vigil Mass. Following two years of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 brings a celebration of the feast in a way more familiar to the faithful.

In addition, a flurry of new appointments within the US Catholic episcopacy over the past year has brought a refreshed crop of Black bishops. The total now stands at 14, including those active and retired. Below you will find Masses where they are expected to preside and/or preach in their respective dioceses this weekend.

(Note: This list is subject to change. Please consult your local chancery or parish for the most up-to-date information. Additional submissions can be emailed to

Archdiocese of Chicago

  • 4/17: Easter Sunday Latin Mass at 12:30pm CT with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry at St John Cantius Catholic Church. (Livestream)

Archdiocese of Louisville

  • 4/16: Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30pm ET with Archbishop Shelton Fabre at the Cathedral of the Assumption. (Livestream)
  • 4/17: Easter Sunday Masses at 9:30am and 12pm ET with Fabre at the Cathedral of the Assumption. (Livestream)

Diocese of Memphis

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Archdiocese of New York

  • 4/16: Bilingual Easter Vigil Mass at 8pm ET with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Espaillat at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in the Bronx (832 E 166th St).
  • 4/17: Easter Sunday Masses at 8:30am (English), 10:30am (Spanish), 12:30pm (English), and 3pm ET (Bilingual) with Espaillat at St Anthony of Padua.

Archdiocese of Washington

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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