African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  September 2016
Transitioning from Summer to Fall, there are many exciting things to share. Read on for news and links to timely resources.
Thank you,
Donna Toliver Grimes
Assistant Director of African American Cathoics
USCCB President establishes Special Task Force and Day of Prayer

USCCB President establishes Special Task Force and Day of Prayer on September 9 to promote peace in our communities. Download the prayer card and Prayers of the Faithful . Read the interview by Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Task Force Chair. Visit the Racism webpage for resources. Help your bishop plan a local event.

Join the Racial Justice Google Hangout on September 14 at 2 pm Eastern

Sponsored by, this is a facilitated conversation between representatives from three Catholic faith communities who are praying, reaching out, learning and acting for peace and racial justice. You can contribute to the conversation by participating in the Google hangout, or you can watch the hangout as it happens on YouTube. This hangout follows previous We Are Salt and Light conversations about how communities are Praying and Reaching Out Together.
Congratulations Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, Newly Appointed Bishop of Memphis.

Read the press release. And, God bless Bishop J. Terry Steib SVD as he begins a new chapter of service for God.
Your Help Needed to Identify Where Black Catholics Worship

Review your (arch)diocese's section of this list and email necessary updates to Leticia Rivera at  by September 30.
Created in 2013, the list is updated after information has been verified by the diocesan director/coordinator/liaison. Read the rationale and suggested uses for the list on the webpage. 
Coming Soon - Men to Men National Black Catholic Men's Conference

October 6-9, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Visit the webpage for details.
IBCS Symposium - Urban Education Matters at Xavier University of Louisiana on October 21-22, 2016

Online registration is open - discount rate until September 15. Register here.
2016 National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry (NCCYM)

Is calling Youth Ministers, Directors of Religious Education and anyone working with youth to attend on December 1-3, 2016 in San Jose, CA. Open links for details and to register.

A Catholic tool for upcoming elections and year-round civic participation.

Nominees Sought for Joint Retreat of African American and Native American Youth Ministry Leaders

Through a selective process, 10 African American and 10 Native American youth ministry leaders working with 13-18 year olds will be invited to attend a weekend retreat in the DC area August 4-6, 2017. Details forthcoming.

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Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director for African American Affairs
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