For the second year, Juneteenth (June 19th) will be celebrated throughout the United States as a federal holiday, giving Americans ample opportunity to honor the legacy—and eventual freedom—of the African Americans enslaved in state-sanctioned bondage.

For Black Catholics, the day may hold special significance, as the original Juneteenth celebrations were born from the 1865 decree known as General Order No. 3, issued in Galveston, Texas, where the last enslaved African Americans remained for some time after Lincoln's proclamation in 1863. In that same city in 1528, an enslaved Black Catholic explorer named Esteban became one of the first Africans to set foot in what would become the United States.

Below can be found a variety of events celebrating Juneteenth this year in the Catholic tradition, those organized by Catholics, as well as those being held in a Catholic venue.

(This list is not exhaustive. All the included information is subject to change and should be confirmed with event organizers. Please contact your local diocese, Black Catholic office, or a Black parish in your area for more events.)

National

  • 6/19 (Virtual): "My Whole Self" Black Catholic women's panel with FemCatholic at 6pm ET.

Archdiocese of Baltimore

  • 6/18: Juneteenth address at 11:30am ET at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Columbia, MD with Sherita Thomas, interim director for the Office of Black Catholic Ministries.

Diocese of Baton Rouge

Archdiocese of Boston

Diocese of Bridgeport

Diocese of Buffalo

  • 6/17 (Virtual): Juneteenth celebration with the Office of Social Justice and the diocesan African-American Commission at 8pm ET.

Diocese of Camden

Diocese of Charleston

Archdiocese of Chicago

Diocese of Cleveland

Archdiocese of Detroit

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

  • 6/18: Juneteenth Jazz Jubilee at Immaculate Heart High School benefiting the Black Student Leadership Academy. Tickets $15.

Archdiocese of Louisville

Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Diocese of Nashville

Archdiocese of Newark

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Archdiocese of New York

Diocese of Orange

  • 6/19: Juneteenth Mass at Christ Cathedral with Fr Claude Williams, O.Praem at 7:15pm PT.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Diocese of Phoenix

Diocese of Pittsburgh

Diocese of Raleigh

Diocese of Sacramento

Diocese of San Diego

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Diocese of Shreveport

  • 6/18: Juneteenth parade beginning at St Benedict the Black Catholic Church in Grambling, LA at 11am CT. Community festival to follow.

Diocese of Springfield (Massachusetts)

Diocese of St Augustine

Archdiocese of St Louis

Archdiocese of Washington

Diocese of Wichita

Diocese of Wilmington


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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