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Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things
The Resilience
of a
People!
As we celebrate Black History Month we will honor local Black Catholics who have given service to the Church and made the Church better for us. This feature, The Resilience of a People, is an opportunity for us to hold up those who are beacons of light for the whole world to see!
Sophie Marie Aramburo 
Mrs. Sophie, as she was affectionately called, served as Associate Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries. She served along with Deacon John Williams in establishing the office and getting things going. Yet, she was always active in the Catholic Church. She was a faithful parishioner of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, now St. Katherine Drexel, where she and her husband, Alvin, raised their children. She was a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary. Through KPCLA Mrs. Sophie helped to support Church leaders and to strengthen parish life. In recognition of her work she was exemplified into the Meritorious 4th Degree as a Gracious Lady. She even ran for the office of Supreme Lady and although she was not victorious in that election the membership still held her in high esteem and would consult her as a wisdom figure. Despite all of those attributes, her greatest gift was the witness of her faith and her love. Mrs. Sophie was a woman who nurtured her children, supported priests and seminarians, and laity a like. Her challenge was always the same,
"We've seen it, we've heard it, now let's do it!"

We honor and hold up the life, the legacy, the gift of
Mrs. Sophie Marie Watts Aramburo!
Upcoming Events

March 9, 2019: Sankofa Day of Reflection (CYO/Youth Ministry Office)
May 3-5, 2019: Habari Gani Retreat (Camp Abbey)
June 30, 2019: IBCS Opening Mass (Xavier University Chapel)
July 2-6, 2019: Rivers Institute & Lyke Conference (Washington, D.C.)
July 9, 2019: IBCS Ancestor's Celebration (Xavier University)
July 10, 2019: IBCS 40th Celebration (Xavier University)
July 19, 2019: IBCS Closing Mass (Xavier University Chapel)

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