Future Is Bright in the Hands Of Empowered Black Catholics

On Kujenga weekends, the groups of young boys and girls break into groups and dive deep into the foundations of their faith through a variety of activities, including small group discussions, a talent show, a Mass and praying the rosary together. They are encouraged to understand their faith so they can proudly profess how they are “authentically black and authentically Catholic.”

Faith Affirmed at Kujenga Retreat for Young Black Catholics

The 27th annual local Kujenga Leadership Conference, which was held this year at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, L.I., July 26-28, brings together young black Catholics to develop their leadership skills so that they can be models of faith for others.

Stars Shine Brightly in the Diocese of Immigrants

Ruth Samalca-Manligoy and Deacon LeRoy Branch Jr. are shining examples of faith and service in the Brooklyn Diocese, and that’s why they were selected as two of the diocese’s Shining Stars this fall.

Kujenga 2013: Diocesan Youth Take Up ‘Shield of Faith’ and Inspiration

by Donna Leslie Seventy young Catholics from 11 diocesan parishes were inspired to take up their shield of faith at the 23rd annual Kujenga Youth Leadership Retreat, Aug. 2-4, at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, L.I. Sponsored by the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, the weekend retreat experience offers diocesan youth an opportunity “to […]

Kujenga Youth Retreat – Record Year as Annual Leadership Retreat Achieves Notable Firsts

 by Donna Leslie In an inspiring year when America saw a female African-American gymnast become an Olympic champion, the Diocese of Brooklyn saw its future “champions” of youth with the 22nd annual Kujenga Youth Leadership Retreat, held July 27-29 at the Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, L.I. The central theme for this year’s retreat, “Not a […]

Kujenga Retreat 2011 – African-American Youth Told to Bring Their Light to the World

by Donna Leslie A group of youth on retreat had some free time indoors. Led by their chaperones-in-training, they formed a circle and began playing a game from their childhood called “Where the wind blows.” Outside, summer storm clouds began hovering, and the rains came. A loud crack of lightning caused lights to flicker and […]