The month of November is set aside to celebrate the accomplishments and faithfulness of Black Catholics from the very beginnings of the Church.
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NOVEMBER – NATIONAL BLACK
CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH
The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus (NBCCC) of the United States voted on Tuesday, July 24, 1990 while meeting in convention at Fordham University in New York, to establish November as BLACK CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH. The reason behind the selection of the month of November was the number of important dates to Catholics of African descent that fell within this month.
Nov. 3 Martin de Porres became the first black American saint. He was canonized by Pope John XXIII on May 16, 1962. Throughout his life, St. Martin de Porres exemplified God’s love for all people, regardless of their level in society.
Nov. 4 St Monica of Tagaste - saint especially revered by mothers because of her tireless prayers for the conversion of her wayward son, Augustine, was born of Christian parents in Tagaste, North Africa in 333, and died in Ostia, near Rome, in 387.
Nov. 5 Mother Henriette Delille -1813-1862 was a New Orleans Free Person of Color/FPC and was the co-founder of one of the first orders of New Orleans historic Creole women Catholic nuns, the Sisters of the Holy Family.
The first celebration of Black Catholic History Month began in November of 1990 in various cities in the United States with the celebration of St. Martin de Porres Feast day. The liturgy celebrated the 350th anniversary of St. Martin's transition from this life to eternal life. In Detroit on this day in 1990, Archbishop Adam Maida, the local Archbishop, was the celebrant for the Mass. Also present was the President of the NBCCC, Bro. Roy Smith, OSC. The Mass was held at St. Anthony Church. In the world today there are 270 million people of African descent in the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world.
Worldwide Count of Black Catholics
Africa = 141 Million
Latin America = 105.9 Million
Caribbean and North America = 21 Million
In the United States alone, there are 3 million Black Catholics
There are 3 million African American Catholics in the United States.