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About Black Catholic Ministry Commission

OFFICE OF LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION

DIOCESE OF CAMDEN 

Mission Statement 

To evangelize by spreading the good news of the Gospel and to enlighten by sharing our diverse cultures of worship in order to unify all of God’s people into one body in Christ.

Vision Statement 

We envision a vibrant and diverse black Catholic community that is unified and alive with the Holy Spirit and one that welcomes all to experience our rich cultural heritage and to rejoice with us in the our worship of God.

 

BLACK CATHOLIC MINISTRY COMMISSION

Background

The Black Catholic Ministry Commission (BCMC) was established on February 1, 2011 by Bishop Joseph Galante. Thirty-two members of the Black Catholic community became members of the Commission which represents African-Americans, Haitians, and Africans from various countries including Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. (Catholic Star Herald article on Commission)

The ministries of the BCMC reflect the six pastoral priorities:

Liturgy

            Celebrations/Masses

                        Annual Mass in the African Traditions

                        Monthly African Masses (St. Charles Borromeo)

                        Martyrs of Uganda Celebration (June)

                        Diocesan Gospel Choir

                        Haitian Farm Worker Ministry

 

Compassionate Outreach

            Afternoon of Jazz (Catholic high school scholarship fundraiser)

            MLK Annual Blood Drives (St. Josephine Bakhita and St. Bridget)

           

Lifelong Faith Formation

            Black Family Retreat (Cape May)

            Black Catholic Voice (Newsletter)

            National Black Catholic Congress

            Implementation of National Black Catholic Pastoral Plan

            Ministry to Black Catholics (MBC Certificate Program)

Youth and Young Adults

            High School Scholarships for Black Catholic Students

            Essay Contest

          

Priest, Diaconate and Religious Vocations

            Clergy and Religious Committee

 

For more information about the Black Catholic Ministry Commission, please contact James E. Andrews, Director, Black Catholic Ministry and Coordinator for the Racial Justice Commission at 856-583-6184 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.