African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  November 2017 
November is Black Catholic History Month.  It's an opportunity to underscore the Church's teaching about the dignity that God imbued in each of us. "The fact that we were created in the image of God should remind us that each person is a living expression of God that must be respected and preserved and never dishonored." 
                        -  Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, August 31, 2017
Share Newly Released USCCB 
Share Newly Released USCCB one minute video on Black Catholic Candidates for Sainthood. 

Building the Believer to Strenghten Discipleship: Keep on Teaching 2017 Resource Manual
Building the Believer to Strengthen Discipleship: Keep on Teaching 2017 Resource Manual available - Published by the Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Black Catholic Ministries.

The Horizon of Possibilities: The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States: Old Wounds Reopened 
The Horizon of Possibilities: The Catholic Church and the Racial Divide in the United States: Old Wounds Reopened, a presentation by His Excellency Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Belleville, delivered at The Catholic University of America, 9/2/17.  

Support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection November 19. 
Join other U.S. parishes in promoting the initiatives of low-income communities to address the root causes of poverty AND honor the first World Day of the Poor established by Pope Francis.  Learn more about CCHD efforts and how to help. 

Save the Date July 27-28, 2018: Grace-Filled Black Catholic Women: Standing on the Promise
Save the dates July 28, 2018 for the 4th National Black Catholic Women's Gathering sponsored by National Black Sisters' Conference in New Orleans.  
For more information call 202-529-9250 or email .
Register today for the Building Intercultural Competence for Minsters (BICM) Training of Trainers Workshop

Register today for Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) Training of Trainers workshop! This is a annual offering to prepare presenters to conduct USCCB's Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers (BICM) workshops on their own. 



The workshop dates are February 15-17, 2018, during the Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore, MD. Register today! Contact Yolanda Taylor-Burwell for more information at


Tolton: From Slave to Priest 

From Slave to Priest stage production opened October 5th in Chicago, IL. To schedule a presentation, donate and learn more call 360-687-8029. Consider partnering with neighboring dioceses to offer performances at 3-5 venues within a region. 
CSMG is Back! 
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is on February 3-6, 2018 in Washington DC.  Registration and Diversity Outreach Initiative materials are ready.  

Must receive financial aid requests by November 10, 2017.  Visit  for more information. 

Visit the African American Affairs Webpage 
Visit the African American American Affairs webpage for updates.  Read a new seasonal message from the Assistant Director.  View updates from the Events page and new links on Timely Resources page. 

Coming in April 2018! 
Coming in April 2018! A gathering for African American and Native American Deacons and their wives. 

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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