Pioneer Black Nuns Conquered Racism, Opened Schools And Hospitals

They were Catholic religious women, dedicated to educating children, treating the sick  and helping the poor and enslaved in pre-Civil War America. But when they attempted to enter and live in convents, they were turned away — because they were black.  

Black History Month Mass Homilist Shares Excitement

Father Franklin Ezeorah has given a great deal of thought to the message he wants to get across in the homily he will deliver at the Black History Month Mass on Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Bishop Healy Vaulted From Slavery to Servant of God

James Augustine Healy in 1875 became the first bishop of African-American heritage in the U.S. He was the son of an Irish cotton planter father and a mixed-race mother who was a slave. This family from Georgia also produced two other priests, two nuns, a hardware dealer, and a famous ship captain.