African American Affairs E-Newsletter
  Easter/April 2019 
As we prepare to move into Holy Week, may we continue to observe Lenten commitments to pray, fast and give alms. Please see the announcements below for the good of the Community.

News President of National Black Congress 

Read the press release announcing Most Reverend 

Roy E. Campbell, Jr., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, as the new president of the National Black Catholic Congress.

See the Just Released Film Unplanned 
See the just released film Unplanned - Tells the true story of a former Planned Parenthood center director which is a good opportunity for groups. See the trailer, learn more, find a theater near you at

Study Guide to Open Wide Our Hearts  
Study Guide to Open Wide Our Hearts is  planned and your input is requested to help develop a companion guide that will support the use of the new pastoral letter against racism in parishes, dioceses, national organizations and Catholic institutions. Send your suggested discussion questions and other ideas for this study guide to Donna Grimes ( ) by no later than Friday, May 10, 2019.

Opening our Hearts to the Pain of Racism 
Opening our Hearts to the Pain of Racism - Read a personal reflection by Cary W. Dabney, D. Min. , Director Office of Ministry to Black Catholics, Diocese of Cleveland.

Check Out Lament and Hope 
A Pan-African devotional guide commemorating the 2019 Quad-Centennial of enslaved African peoples to the USA. Celebrate the hope, faith and resistance of African and African-descended people by delving into a different topic each month e.g., the impact of land, housing and employment policies on African American communities. Offers scriptural reflections and discussion questions.  

Download this free ecumenical anti-racism resource for study circles and discussion groups with appeal to Catholic and mixed faith groups. " The L ord 's acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; they are renewed each morning-great is your faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:22-23)"
Register for Upcoming Events 
  • July 2-6 - 2019 Lyke Conference in National Harbor, MD. Serving the liturgical needs of the Black Catholic community.
Note: Future Young Adult Encounter in Summer 2020 
Inspired by the 2018 Synod on Young People and Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christ is Alive! (Christus Vivit), this gathering will bring diverse groups of Young Adults into conversations with U.S. Catholic bishops. More details coming.

It's A Family Affair 
It's a family affair - See an update on Marriage and Family Life Ministry activity

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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