On Saturday, Nov. 16, local Catholics
of African-American descent will gather at the Stadium Hotel, 21485 N.W. 27th
Ave., Miami Gardens, for a luncheon in honor of Black Catholic History Month.
For tickets and information, email: [email protected].
In 1990, the National Black
Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States convened at Fordham University in
New York. They voted to establish November as Black Catholic History Month
because many dates important to Catholics of African descent fell within that
month. The dates include:
Nov. 1, All Saints Day:
an opportunity to acknowledge hundreds of saints of African descent in the
first 300 years of the Church.
Nov. 2, All Souls Day: a
time to remember African souls lost to cruel treatment in the Middle Passage
crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Nov. 3, St. Martin de Porres’
feast day: the only saint of African descent from the Western Hemisphere.
Nov. 13, birth of St. Augustine: the
first Doctor of the Church from North Africa.
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