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.”

Teen News Flash for March 18, 2017

Challenging themselves to stay up all night and live their faith out loud, students shared in Holy Hour and Midnight Mass at the eighth annual youth Lock-in/Stay Awake-A-Thon Friday, March 3 at St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands.

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.

For Black Catholics, The Struggle Continues

On the day when the nation pauses to reflect on the life, witness and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens gathered to celebrate the Baptist preacher’s life, and keep his dream alive amid the challenges in today’s world.

VBCC Mission Trip to Jamaica

Early July, 25 youth and young adults journeyed with Father Dwayne Davis from the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns (VBCC) Youth Leadership Ambassador Program to Jamaica, West Indies. The mission sought to serve the poorest of the poor in Kingston.