African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  November 2016
Happy Autumn! The fact that November is Black Catholic History Month remains news to many. Within our community there exists much treasure - human, financial, creative and spiritual - all ready to be mined. 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 Cathoics

Celebrating Most Reverend Martin Holley, Bishop of Memphis!

Celebrating with joy and praying that God's grace and wisdom will continue to pour on our dear Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, Bishop of Memphis.

Demographic Snapshot

What's the current demographic snapshot of your diocese? The numbers may surprise you. See pages 27-31 (Appendix B) of the CARA Report.

Where do Black Catholics worship?

Find parishes where African American Catholics worship (historically or in significant numbers). Is your diocese accurately represented in the list?


Young Adult Ministry

Looking for young adults ministry resources? 

-What We Have Seen and Heard - A pastoral letter on Evangelization by the Black Bishops of the United States. Read and reflect. What have you seen and heard?

-In the 25+ years since the bishops' pastoral, Brothers and Sisters to Us, what has the Church in the U.S. learned about racial justice? What is needed? Read the Executive Summary Report.

Support the annual collection!

Interested in alleviating poverty by donating more than turkeys at Thanksgiving? Support the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. CCHD helps low-income communities address many critical needs.
  Watch this video to learn how and please give generously on November 19-20.

Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

Prayer for Peace in Our Communities free for download, local printing and distribution. Useful for diocesan/
parish/school/ organization/personal prayer, reflection
and dialog about  racial justice and the devastating loss of lives we are experiencing.
English and Spanish available now. French coming soon!
Contact Donna Grimes at  or 202/541-3178.  

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 | | 202-541-3178 |