African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  Christmas 2016
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Blessed Advent Greetings!
During this season of joyful anticipation, I thank you for your continued dedication to share with our people the constant love of God and the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ.   As we light the candles of Advent, Christmas and Kwanzaa, let us resolve to trust the plan of our Creator who never fails to sustain us. May we grow in faith, motivated to move with purpose to fulfill our daily assignment. Pray with me that we will receive God's grace with sincere gratitude in whatever form it comes and that we may become mercy.
 
Visit the website for new updates on resources and events. Mark your calendar for these Special convenings in 2017. Details to follow:
 
1st Quarter-First of Two National Conversations
to share resources and programs that local dioceses are taking to respond to concerns of excessive force by law enforcement, mass incarceration, and valuing the lives of people of African descent.     

2nd Quarter
-Second of Two National Conversations
to share concrete actions that local dioceses are taking to respond to concerns of excessive force by law enforcement, mass incarceration, and valuing the lives of people of African descent.

Prayer to Promote Peace in Our Communities available in English, Spanish and French

3rd Quarter
-a Pre-Congress XII
gathering of African American and African Young Adults on Wednesday July 5, 2017 in Orlando FL.    

Check out the website to see the early schedule.    
 
4th Quarter-Joint Retreat for 10 African American and 10 Native American Youth Ministry Leaders on August 4-6, 2017 in Bethesda MD.
 
Donna Grimes
Assistant Director of African American Catholics  


US Conference of Catholic Bishops - Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director for African American Affairs
| 3211 4th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017 | dgrimes@usccb.org | 202-541-3178 |

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