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The Martin de Porres Foundation seeks to empower the African-American/Black Catholic community and encourage black leadership within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

NBCC to Explore the Call to Live the Gospel in Challenging Times

Father Stephen D. Thorne is pictured in this 2016 file photo. Dennis Sadowski • Catholic News Service • Posted June 13, 2017 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Delegates attending Congress XII of the National Black Catholic Congress in Orlando, Florida, in July will take on new responsibilities this time around. Rather than working from a draft of …

The Hardest Talk: Racism in Parishes

Participants in the session “Racism and Prejudice in Our Parishes” take notes for discussion in the final part of this year’s series, “Conversations on Race in Our Country,” held May 22 at St. Athanasius Parish, Philadelphia. By Arlene Edmonds • Posted June 20, 2017 Catholics from across the Philadelphia Archdiocese are now applying what they …

RETIREMENT!! Deacon William Bradley

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia recently announced the retirement of Deacon William Bradley, Director of the Office for Black Catholics, effective June 30, 2017. The Martin de Porres Foundation would also like to congratulation Deacon Bill, for his upcoming retirement. We applaud him for his dedicated years of service and achievements. After the many years of …

Father Richard Owens, New Director of the Office for Black Catholics

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Father Richard Owens was ordained on June 7th, 2014 at St. Augustine Church in Pittsburgh. He is a native of Philadelphia and was born in 1982. Father Owens is the oldest of two siblings. He attended Our Lady of Hope Grade School and Mercy Vocational High School in Philadelphia. Fr. Owens is …

St. Raymond of Penafort Men’s Ministry Raises Monies with Musical Events

Arlene Edmonds Tribune Correspondent – May 5, 2017 The Men of St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Mount Airy raised money by holding a jazz night. — TRIBUNE PHOTO BY ARLENE EDMONDS The St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Mount Airy raised monies through its men’s ministry for the independent St. Raymond Mission School. This …

FR. STEPHEN THORNE, LEADING BY EXAMPLE

NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION AWARD by IMS Staff •March 1st, 2017 – Posted By: Mark Hostutler Posted date: January 13, 2017 Sister Rita, Principal at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, and Rev. Stephen Thorne, Pastor at St. Martin de Porres Church, Neumann University Chaplain, and adjunct faculty member in the Division of Education and …

KAIROS RETREAT: WEST CATHOLIC PREP H.S.– “GOD’S TIME”

By Michael Field, Director Campus Ministry-West Catholic Prep H.S. Kairos is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: Greek: Chronos and Kairos. Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time, Kairos signifies a period or season, a moment of indeterminate time in which an event of significance happens. What is happening when referring to …

Archdiocese Tribute Turns Civil Rights Spotlight Inward

Arlene Edmonds, Tribune Correspondent January 20, 2017 “A Dream in Black and White: Growing in Understanding as Catholics” drew a diverse, standing-room-only crowd to the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Lafayette Hill on Monday evening to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It was the 34th annual Archdiocese gathering to the civil rights …

A Living link to Black Catholic History, Parishioner Leads the Way into Future

Alma Elizabeth Bailey of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Darby. By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine • Posted August 16, 2016 – CatholicPhilly.com At age 91, the matriarch of Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Darby carries the honorific title “Mother Bailey” — along sharp memory for many experiences yesteryear and today for Black Catholics in America. “When …

Let us Not Forget to Include Black Catholics in Black History Month

Article by: Bro. Alonza Baker St. Athanasius Parish Philadelphia, PA It’s February already and that means it is Black History Month here in the United States of America. During this time of year many of us display our African Art, and visit Afro-American history museums and cultural events; and television programs are loaded with stories …