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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.

My Sarcoidosis. Is it a Curse or Blessing?

ANGELA F. TAYLOR acantor13@gmail.com I am an African American female and a Catholic lay minister suffering from chronic pulmonary sarcoidosis. This is my personal journey on learning about and living with the disease that still seems to have medical professionals stumped. My prayer is that those who know someone or have someone in the family …

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Jerry Davis and Deacon Anthony Willoughby met recently to talk about Anthony’s journey to last month’s ordination. (See June Newsletter.) But Anthony was not the first Deacon in the Willoughby family. No, that honor belongs to his 84-year old father, Deacon Harvey L. Willoughby. Deacon Harvey has been a member of Bible Way Baptist Church …

Army of the Lord

By Laura Blackwell, St. Cyprian Parish I have never been in the army, but after spending a week at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, I feel I know what it is like to be in boot camp.  The Institute is kind of like basic training for the army of the Lord. It was established in the …

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 …