Chicago Priest Reflects on Being Catholic and Black

Father Michael Trail was the main celebrant at the Black History Month Mass Feb.11. The guest homilist from the Archdiocese of Chicago, Ill., celebrated at St. Peter Claver Church. The Bedford-Stuyvesant church was originally built for the local black Catholic community under the direction of the late Msgr. Bernard Quinn.

Black History Month Events

February is Black History Month and special Masses, talks and film screenings are planned in parishes around the diocese and beyond.

Let Them Speak: A Day Dedicated to African American History and Culture in D.C.

More than 40 students from the Diocese of Brooklyn and the New York Archdiocese were invited to Washington, D.C., Feb. 23 to visit different historical monuments that highlighted the African-American culture, including the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial and the National African American History and Culture Museum.

Brooklyn Students Proud of African American Museum

Washington’s newest attraction – the National Museum of African American History and Culture – welcomed its millionth visitor in February, not even six months after its official opening. For some of the young women from St. Joseph H.S., Downtown Brooklyn, the museum visit was their first experience outside of New York City and into a cultural exhibition of their African heritage.

Black History Month Mass Pays Tribute to Ancestors

Living a holy life is “the finest tribute we can give to our slave ancestors, to our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, who walked the gauntlet of segregation, discrimination and annihilation … in heroic Christian fashion,” Chicago Bishop Joseph N. Perry told attendees at a Black History Month Mass in Douglaston Feb. 19.

Future Gymnast Leaps to Essay Contest Win

Eleven-year-old gymnast Arianna Asarian is this year’s grand-prize winner in Cablevision’s Black History Month essay contest. The fifth grader from Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Dyker Heights, aspires to win an Olympic gold medal one day – just like her role model Gabby Douglas.