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E-Newsletter of the

Subcommittee on African American Affairs (SAAA) 

July 2015
In This Issue
The African American Catholic Youth Bible
Introducing We Are Salt and Light
Promoting Sacramental Marriage with African American Catholic Youth
USCCB Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the U.S.
Check out These Thoughful and Uplifiting Presentations
The USCCB Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa Awarded 47 Grants
National Black Catholic Men's Conference
Pastoring in Black Parishes
National Catholic Collegiate Conference (NCCC)
Mark Your Calendars

Assistant Director African American Affairs




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This issue is bursting with news of resources, events and uplifting addresses to view online and share with the community.     


The African American Catholic Youth Bible is Available also as an E-Book and Adults Love it too! Check it out.


Introducing We Are Salt and Light - It's Dynamic, Interactive and Essential

Make this your go-to site

for Catholic social teaching and action to help believers and communities respond to the gospel call to charity, justice and peace.   


Promoting Sacramental Marriage with African American Catholic Youth

happy_young_couple.jpgDuring the Junior Knights and Daughters Convention (KPC) July 10-12, 2015 in Orlando FL, this topic will be explored with teens on Saturday July 11.



USCCB Guidelines for Receiving Pastoral Ministers in the U.S. 3rd Edition 


Next regional training session is September 10, 2015 in Chicago, IL. Register by August 27. Learn more here. Note: the last training session will be on October 22, 2015 in Baltimore MD. 


Check out These Thoughtful and Uplifting Presentations


Bishop Shelton Fabre - From Moynihan to Ferguson


Fr. Bryan Massingale - Opening Address at 2015 Lyke Conference


Fr. Manuel Williams - Reflections at 50th Anniversary Mass - Montgomery


The USCCB Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa Awarded 47 Grants Totaling More Than $1.2 Million in June 2015


This optional national collection, taken up in dioceses around the country, provides pastoral support through projects across the continent. Learn about recently awarded grants and how to support this Collection.


National Black Catholic Men's Conference, October 8-11, 2015


Open to youth (8-13), high school & college students, and adults. Get all the details at www.bowmanfrancisministry.com.


Pastoring in Black Parishes, November 9-12, 2015  

Presenting by the Josephite Pastoral Center. Register soon!


National Catholic Collegiate Conference (NCCC) November 19-21, 2015 

Help young adults develop the vision, skills and heart for discipleship.  Featuring keynote presenter Dr. Timone Davis

of Loyola University Chicago and the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Read more about it.


Mark Your Calendars - Inform Your Networks - Save These Dates

National Black Catholic Marriage Symposium, March 5-6, 2016
Explore sacramental marriage through the lens of social justice and the historical, cultural and spiritual narrative of Black Folk. Includes the first offering of a culturally adapted foundational curriculum, "Ministry with Families 101." Contact ministry@arusi.org or 312-912-9951.

Third African National Eucharistic Congress, August 5-7, 2016 in Washington DC
Responding to the New Evangelization: The African Catholic Family, a Gift to the Church in America. Plan to attend.

National Black Catholic Congress XII

July 6-9, 2017 (corrected date)
Location: Orlando FL


Please feel free to contact me at 202-541-3178 or dgrimes@usccb.org .

Your Partner in Ministry,

Donna Toliver Grimes

Assistant Director - African American Affairs

USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church 


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