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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.

On Being Black, Catholic and Philadelphian

Thernell Oakman Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church Black Catholic History Month has emerged at a time in Philadelphia’s history that appears to challenge our sensibilities. Black Catholics have migrated to Philadelphia from the American South, the Caribbean, and Africa to create a kettle of cultures. Many of these cultures bring with them a Black …

Raised Catholic then lapsed, she now has ‘a love affair with God’

By Lou Baldwin • Posted November 7, 2017 ▪ CatholicPhilly.com Black Catholic History Month opened in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia this year at the Annual St. Martin de Porres Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles Chaput at St. Athanasius Church on Friday, November 3, 2017. As part of the celebration, the St. Martin de Porres Medal …

Drawn by Love, Sent on Fire

Janice Paige St. Athanasius Catholic Church On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Twelve Hundred Fifty (1250) women attended the 2017 Catholic Women’s Conference at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA. Women from across the country were present for this national event with the goal to be inspired and to be lit …

How Might our Church Better Celebrate the Diversity Within It?

Kerry Weber November 13, 2015 In the midst of the many national conversations about race and freedom now taking place in the public square, it is valuable to note one opportunity for continued conversations about diversity within the Catholic Church. November marks Black Catholic History Month, which was founded by the National Black Catholic Congress …

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 …