African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  January 2018 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My hopes are high for 2018. Inspired by the Stewardship theme highlighted throughout the new Josephite calendar, plans to launch a printed newsletter in partnership with the Black and Indian Mission Office, and the publication of my book, All God's People: Effective Catechesis in a Diverse Church (Loyola Press 2017), I am excited about working with you to build vital ministry for and with Catholics of African descent.     
Send pictures of recent events depicting the vibrancy and hope of local efforts such as youth programs, pilgrimages, fundraisers and outreach projects. I am collecting evidence that Black Catholics are busy spreading the Good News of our Awesome God! Photos with captions will be part of a virtual and physical display in February 2018. Include the name, date and location (diocese) of the event, along with a quote or favorable comment. Email your submission to  with the attached completed form permitting use by USCCB.

In Times Like These - A 2018 Pan African Devotional for Public Policy Engagement 

In Times Like These - A 2018 Pan African Devotional for Public Policy Engagement issued in honor of the 50th annive rsary of the Assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Poor People's Campaign available at The weekly devotions begin on January 7 through December 30, 2018. 

Created in partnership with Bread for the World, this devotional will inform and inspire work of Pan African clergy, laity and their partners for advocacy to end hunger and reduce poverty. Catholic writers contributed entries on pages 24, 53, 56 and 62.

Heal Our Land, Lord 

Heal our Land, Lord  on January 14, 2018 - Join other parishes nationwide in singing this powerful composition. From the Archdiocese of Chicago's Initiative, obtain sheet music through  or call 314-749-1602. To order a sample audio clip, click on the form

Register for Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Training of Trainers, February 15-17, 2018 in Baltimore
Register today for BICM Training of Trainers this February 15-17, 2018, in Baltimore.  Learn about the five modules and learn how to present them to your colleges. Register here or contact Yolanda Taylor-Burwell at .

2018 Institute for Black Catholics Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University 
2018 Institute for Black Catholics Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University.  Registration opens in January.  Degree program runs June 25-July 13, 2018.  Continuing education and enrichment offerings are Week 1: June 25-June 29; Week 2: July 2-6; and Week 3: July 9-13. Visit the IBCS website for course listing, additional details and registration.   

Tolton: From Slave to Priest 

Tolton: From Slave to Priest - bring this dynamic stage performance to your area.  For more information call 360-687-8029 or visit   
Region X Unity Explosion 2018 - Evangelization and Liturgy Conference 
Region X Unity Explosion 2018 - Evangelization to be held on June 6-10, 2018 in San Antonio,TX. Save the date!   

4th National Black Catholic Women's Gathering July 27-28, 2018: Grace-Filled Black Catholic Women: Standing on the Promise
The fourth annual National Black Catholic Women's Gathering in New Orleans July 27-28, 2018. C all 202-529-9250 or email .
Visit the African American Affairs Webpage 
Visit the African American American Affairs webpage for more information, events calendar and resources. View updates from the Events page and new links on Timely Resources page. 

Cancellation Notice:  
The gathering of deacons and their wives will not be scheduled in 2018. 

US Conference of Catholic Bishops - 
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church (SCDC)
Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director 
Subcommittee on African American Affairs
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