Mass for National Black Catholic History Month

Saturday, Nov 4, 2023 at 5:30 PM - English

National Black Catholic History Month will be celebrated throughout the month of November.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, Archbishop Thomas Wenski will celebrate Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited. 


Holy Family Church
14500 NE 11th Avenue, North Miami, FL 33161 (Map)

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Established in 1990 by the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States, National Black Catholic History Month celebrates the long history, the contributions, struggles, and proud heritage of black (especially African-Americans) Catholics.

NBCHM coincides with the feasts of All Saints, All Souls, St. Martin de Porres, the birth of St. Augustine, and the death of Zumbi of Palmares.

Like many other Americans, Black Catholics have endured slavery, economic injustice, public brutality, and many forms of prejudicial mistreatment by the Catholic Church. Nonetheless, many, if not most black Catholics have persevered in loving and practicing their faith.

Famous American Black Catholic include the following candidates for sainthood:

  • Venerable Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853),the former slave and philanthropist who is buried in New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • Venerable Henriette Delille (1813-1862), from New Orleans, a descendant of slaves who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family.
  • Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman F.S.P.A.
  • Venerable Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence
  • Venerable Father Augustus Tolton
  • Servant of God Julia Greeley.

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