Celebrating America in US Territory

A group of young Catholic leaders from Brooklyn and Queens celebrated the Fourth of July in Puerto Rico while helping with the reconstruction of the island still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Tablet Talk April 20, 2019

Patriarch of Jerusalem Receives Locals; old Pascal candles; The Good Shepherd’s Young Servants

Around the School Bell: The Stay-Awake-Athon Retreat

We attended the annual Stay-Awake-Athon overnight retreat held at St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands. The retreat was led by Father Dwayne Davis, pastor, and hosted by the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns (VBCC).

Annual Black History Month Mass

At the annual Black History Month Mass held at Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston Feb. 17, nearly 40 minutes of poignant preaching set the tone for a liturgy that offered words of healing for the suffering caused by the sins of racism and words of hope as the plight toward racial equality in America continues.

Rooted in Jesus, Dr. King Devoted His Life to Justice

“It is all rooted in Jesus – Dr. King was a Christian and he preached all the qualities that Christ the Lord preached in his time,” said Father Alonzo Cox, diocesan coordinator of the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns.

Father Tolton Drama Comes to Queens

The diocesan Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns will host the “Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Queens Village. Born a slave in Missouri in 1854, Servant of God Father Augustus Tolton became the first African-American Catholic priest ordained in the United States.

Kujenga Calls Youth to Be Authentically Black, Catholic

After a two-year absence, the Kujenga Youth Retreat returned this year with many firsts and a focus on Jesus’ words from Luke 9:20: “Who do you say I am?” A total of 80 young people attended this year’s retreat, hosted by the diocesan Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, July 27-29, at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, L.I.

Mission to Africa

“So often I forget how blessed and fortunate I am to live in America,” says Nia Mendonca. “It seems easy to complain about little things when I forget all that God has given me. Coming to Africa has changed my perspective on life.”