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

Fr. A. Gerard Jordan, O. Praem. Ordination to the Priesthood

On July 9, 2016 at the Daylesford Abbey, we celebrated the ordination, with great joy to the priesthood of Rev. A. Gerard Jordan, O. Praem.
His first Mass and Blessings as a priest were experienced on Sunday, July 10th.  Parishes of the Black Apostolate were in attendance, among others to support, witness, and give praises to his ministry.
Many of us have prayed for increased vocations in our communities.  By the glory of God, the Lord has Blessed us with another African-American priest in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Also, may God continue to Bless Fr. Jordan as Promoter of the Cause for the Canonization of Father Augustus Tolton.

About Fr. Augustus Tolton
Fr. Tolton was the first American diocesan priest of African descent. Born the son of slaves in Missouri, he studied for the priesthood in Rome, as no American seminary would accept him because of his race. Ordained in 1886 for the Diocese of Alton, Illinois, he served his first three years as a priest in the city of Quincy, of the same diocese. He later came to Chicago to start a parish for black Catholics, serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago until his passing. At the time of his death, he was only 43 years old. http://www.archchicago.org/news_releases/news_2015/news_151102.html

By Deacon William Bradley, Director Office for Black Catholics

Once again, through the generous support of the Martin de Porres Foundation, young African American, African and Haitian High School aged men attended the Quo Vadis vocation retreat in Blackrock, PA. From Thursday June 16th through Sunday June 19th, our 12 young men joined with 55 other great guys from all across the Archdiocese. The Quo Vadis Vocation Retreat, coordinated annually by the Vocations Office of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, was 4 days and 3 nights of great fun, fellowship and food. The returning retreatants got to renew old acquaintances and competitions and the new guys met new friends as they participated in small group activities throughout the 4 days. Read More

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary School of Theological Studies
Annual Graduation Ceremony - May 18, 2016

On May 18, seminarians, religious sisters, and lay men and women received their academic degrees from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in this annual academic ceremony. Graduates of the College Seminary received their Bachelor of Arts degree, while men completing the PreTheology program received certificates or Masters degrees. The Theological Seminary granted Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees to men completing their third and fourth years of theology.

For the first time in St. Charles history, the School of Theological Studies students received degrees and certificates together with our seminarians. Janell Lavender and Connie McCalla received the Masters of Arts in Theology. St. Charles and the Martin de Porres Foundation congratulates all graduates and degree recipients as they complete this important academic step. www.scs.ed