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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.

Young Men and Seminarians Set the World Ablaze!

On June 26th through June 29th, 2017, 116 young men, from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, joined 48 Seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, 12 Priests, 2 Permanent Deacons and 4 lay volunteers, all from local parishes, to find out how to set the World Ablaze!  If the radiant smiles, the joy and laughter and …

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Increase in Enrollment

43 New Men Push St. Charles Seminary Enrollment to Highest in 14 Years By Lou Baldwin • Posted August 28, 2017. CatholicPhilly.com Tuesday, Aug. 22 marked what is easily one of the most important days on the calendar for St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Church of Philadelphia as a whole. It was Move-In Day …

A Reflection Post: The NBCC XII Orlando, Florida 7.6.17-7.9.17

By Kanika J. Stewart-Jones, MHS St. Martin de Porres Church The first thought I had post the conference (coupled with tears of joy, gratitude, and humility) was GOD IS GOOD!!! That felt so good writing, I feel the need to write it again GOD IS GOOD!!! To have brought me from such a dark place …

NBCC XII Reflections – First Time Attendee

By Patrick Rogers, Martin de Porres Church The National Black Catholic Congress XII, which was held in Orlando, Florida, was the first congress that I attended. Two themes that impacted me during the Congress were Black Catholic History and using our faith to challenge social realities. In the workshop, Wisdom from the Black Catholic History, …

“Gifted to Lead” Congress XII

By Carol G. Stukes-Baylor, Our Lady of Hope Parish As I prepared to attend the 12th National Black Catholic Congress I had several questions heavy on my mind and heart. On Thursday, we heard the message from Andrae Goodnight on why he converted to Catholicism and why he felt honored to portrait Fr. Tolton. For …

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 …