African American Affairs E-Newsletter
June 2016
May the grace of the Father, the peace of Christ and the gifts of the Holy Spirit be yours in ordinary time!
This newsletter now has a fresh look and a new bi-monthly schedule. In this issue, read an article by a young adult consultant to the Subcommittee on African American Affairs.  Feel free to submit an article for inclusion in a future issue. Do share these timely announcements with your constituents.
Access a wide range of resources supporting all ministry areas on the USCCB website and visit the African American Affairs webpages often for updates.
Thank you,
Donna Toliver Grimes
Assistant Director of African American Cathoics
Get Ready for the 12th National Black Catholic Congress July 6-9, 2017.

See the message from NBCC President, Bishop John Ricard SSJ, which identifies registration and lodging costsand NBCC resource materials  to prepare your networks spiritually and logistically. The NBCC office asks to receive your Day of Reflection Reports by September 30, 2016.

Registration is open for BICM at IBCS! 

Tailored to build knowledge, skills and attitudes that foster intercultural competence among and for Black Catholics, the course is offered July 4-8, 2016 at Xavier University of Louisiana. Check out all course offerings of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies 2016 Summer Program at
Witness to Freedom, Mother Henriette Delille and 13 Others

Mother Henriette Delille and 13 others are featured in newly developed materials for USCCB's Fortnight for Freedom, June 27-July 4, 2016. 
Black Lives Matter - read a Black Catholic's reflection on the Church's response 

Read an article about the Church's response to Black Lives Matter. Written by Andrea Marissa Auguster, a young adult consultant to the Subcommittee on African American Affairs. 
Forecasting The Joy of the Gospel in America: A National Convocation of Catholic Leaders 2017

Calling forth of Catholic leaders, July 1-4, 2017. Click on the information link below for more information about this exciting invitation only opportunity. Let your bishop know the significance of including Black Catholic voices in his diocesan delegation. Consider recommending yourself or other individuals, especially emerging leaders and key representatives from parishes, commissions or Catholic organizations. 
Click for more information!
Attend the 3rd African Eucharistic Congress

The African Catholic Family, a Gift to the Church in America, August 5 - 7, 2016 at Catholic University in Washington DC. Also, share this news with African Catholics in your diocese. Learn more and register here.
Last Call for Large photo of 10 African American Bishops! 

A remaining few copies of the 14" x 11" color photograph of our shepherds, prior to Bishop Cheri's ordination, are available upon request - FREE on a first come basis, while supplies last! 
Send your request to Donna Grimes at!

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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