“In the beginning…North Philadelphia welcomes the
National Black Catholic Men’s Conference”
Theme: Blessed is the Man who is Faithful, Fearless & Fruitful”
October 6-9, 2016
By Reverend Stephen D. Thorne
On Thursday, October 6, hundreds of men gathered at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church to begin the 13th National Black Catholic Men’s Conference. As they arrived, they were greeted by
a drum line to welcome them to Philadelphia. Many local clergy, religious sisters and lay leaders
were present to offer their support. The inspiring evening included song, prayer and an inspirational reflection led by Mr. Jamey Moses, a Seminarian at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. One of the highlights of the rally was the “altar call” when all of the conference participants came and prostrated themselves at the altar in prayer.
The conference included workshops on various topics to help our adult men and young men grow,
as the conference theme states…to be “faithful, fearless and fruitful.” The conference will end with
a Mass of Thanksgiving at Saint Cyprian Catholic Church in West Philadelphia. Over 300 men from
all over the country attended. Let the Church say AMEN!