African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  February 2017 
Happy New Year! This issue spotlights information that may help to develop celebrations, days of reflection and other events that motivate and engage Black Catholics and friends in your diocese.


Donna Grimes
Assistant Director of African American Catholics

February 2, 2017 National Conference Call - Promoting Peace in Our Communities 

On February 2, 2017, I lead a National Conference Call to Promote Peace in Our Communities. The call was recorded and I will post it at a later time on our  web page .



View and share new video for marriage and family.


2017 Prayer for the African American and African Family - Stand for What you Believe In 

The National Day of Prayer is February 5, 2017. 


Nominations Now Open for Youth Ministry Leaders' Retreat August 4-6, 2017

Ten spaces are available for emerging young adult leaders working with African American/African-descendent teens ages 13-18, in urban, suburban or rural settings. Diocesan liaisons for ministry with African American Catholics are encouraged to submit nominations in writing to Donna Grimes at by March 1, 2017.  USCCB will pay for all expenses, except transportation to and from the retreat center in Bethesda, MD. Please provide the name and gender of the nominee along with an endorsement statement.


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US Conference of Catholic Bishops - Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director for African American Affairs
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