Skip to content

Introducing the Black Catholic round-up! (11/19/20)

The latest and greatest in Black Catholic news outside of Black Catholic Messenger.

The first entry in our #BlackCatholicRoundup series, which will amplify Black Catholic news coming from other outlets.

Most all Catholic outlets do not focus on Black Catholicism with any fervor.

This is in part due to a Black Catholic dearth on their staffs, and in part due to the nature of American media on the issue of Black people in general. We have our months and we have our allies, but in general we are often forgotten and even more often pathologized during remembrance.

Even so, while the Black Catholic Messenger may be the only regular outlet covering Black Catholics alone, it is not the only outlet covering Black Catholics at all.

In light of this, we will henceforth be regularly highlighting the best stories outside of BCM that cover Black Catholics.

(Note: inclusion here does not necessarily indicate BCM's full endorsement of the story's material.)

Black Catholic women

Phyllis Coleman Mouton to receive Trailblazer Award at Women Who Mean Business ceremony
Phyllis Coleman Mouton will be honored with the Trailblazer Award during the United Way of Acadiana’s Women Who Mean Business awards.
The Final Word with LaVerne Summerlin: Missionaries of the West End.
Holy Trinity Church and School (now the 5th Street I-75 South Exit ramp) was my parish, my place of solace. Why? Because of the missionary zeal of St. Katharine Drexel’s Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament; St. Daniel Comboni’s Missionaries; our parents and the seemingly ever present ethnically-divers…
Black Catholic History Month: An Interview with Dr. Shannen Dee Williams
In this interview, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams explains why Black Catholic history is Catholic history and offers insights on how all Catholics can work together to eradicate racism.

Young Adults

Summit challenges white students to be true allies in battle against racism
White Catholics can bear witness to racial justice in their relationships and in their public witness, said a panel of Black Catholics on the second day of the Catholic Summit on Racial Justice. The N...
Local Catholics form racial justice group
In the wake of the high-profile deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd that prompted national outrage and discussion about Black lives and racial justice, local Catholics asked themselves “Where’s Christ’s body when his members are being killed or facing injustice -- where is the c…
Racism listening session highlights youth outreach and education
The church must do more to include youth in its work to overcome racism, speakers at a listening session said.


To Jesuits, Black Americans were objects of ministry, not agents of their own faith
“The most dangerous weapon of white supremacy has always been its ability to erase the history of its violence and its victims.” – Dr. Shannen Dee Williams.It is not uncommon for us t...
What our Black saints can teach us this Black Catholic History Month
“What happened in the past makes us better in the future.”
St. Paul parish rooted in Black Catholic ministry -
In a year when the quest for racial justice reached center stage locally and nationally, one parish in St. Paul has continued its mission set in the late 1800s: to reach out and be the faith home for African American Catholics. St. Peter Claver parish also welcomes Catholics of all races and ethnic …


‘It definitely is segregation’: Philly parishioners at historic Black Catholic Church want priest removed
Parishioners of a 152-year-old historically Black Catholic Church in Philadelphia allege segregation and want their priest removed.

Parts one and two of a series on Oregon's Black Catholics, and coverage of their reactions to the announcement of Cardinal-elect Gregory's elevation.


Ibram X. Kendi gives annual lecture at Black Catholic school in Philadelphia.

#GivingTuesday and beyond: