Documents, talks, writings of interest to African American Catholics
Bishop Francis' homily in New Orleans beautifully recounts the life and importance of the first African American Bishop ordained in modern times.
This is a copy of Bishop Francis' homily on July 9, 1992. In this homily he reflects on the long journey African American Catholics have taken. He speaks of the African American family and the role of the African American male. He encouraged people to hold out.
THE AFRICAN AMERICAN APOSTOLATE AND THE SOCIETY OF THE DIVINE WORD by Father Joseph Simon, SVD, Ph.D.. This is a talk given at the 1995 symposium at Xavier University. Provides an interesting presentation of facts and events leading to the development of St. Augustine seminary and the ordination of first African Americans in the Catholic church.
Cardinal Hickey spoke of the life and challenges presented by Bishop Joseph Francis, SVD. Given on November 6, 1999
Bishop Flynn spoke about the unwillingness of Bishop Francis to tolerate racism. Bishop Flynn refers to him as the "Happy Warrior", a term coined by Father Jerome LeDoux, SVD. Given on December 2, 2000
A Sankofa Observance of the 500th anniversary of the first enslaved African to enter the Western Hemisphere (1501-2001) a Letter of National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus published January 15, 2001
This is the entire letter published on racism during the summer of 2001.
Pastoral Action Statements of Congress IX. These are the statements adopted at the National Black Catholic Congress meeting September 1, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois
Welcoming Address of Congress X. This welcome address by Bishop Joseph Perry sets the purpose of Congress X gathering held July 12-15, 2007 in Buffalo, New York.
This Far by Faith: Being Pro Life Today by Bishop Terry Steib May 2009
This is a copy of the homily given by Bishop Dominic Carmon, SVD on August 31, 2013 on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the historic Sacred Heart Church in Greenville, It was here at Greenville that the Divine Word Missionaries began the first seminary for African American men.
Encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment. 2015
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Bishop of Belleville, Illinois
January 1, 2015
The first four Divine Word Missionaries ordained in 1934. (from left to right) Anthony Bourges; Maurice Rousseve; Francis Wade; Vincent Smith
Bishop Joseph Francis, SVD; Bishop Harold Perry, SVD; Bishop Carlos Lewis, SVD and Bishop Terry Steib, SVD all began at St. Augustine Seminary in Bay Saint Louis, MS
Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD; Bishop Leonard Olivier, SVD and Bishop Dominic Carmon, SVD also are alumni of St. Augustine Seminary.