Day of Reflection held to prepare for National Black Catholic Congress in July

March 27, 2012

HOUSTON — In preparation of the National Black Catholic Congress in July, a Day of Reflection was held on March 3 at St. Mary of the Purification Church in Houston.

The 11th National Black Catholic Congress will be held July 19 to 21 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of Congress XI is “Faith Engaged: Empower. Equip. Evangelize.” All Catholics of African descent and those who minister to them are invited to attend and participate.

Pastors in parishes of the African American Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston have been offered opportunities to identify new and/or emerging leaders to attend Congress as parish and Archdiocesan representatives.

Following Congress, these parish/Archdiocesan representatives will work with the Archdiocesan core team and be a part of the implementation process. The Archdiocesan core team represents a wealth of knowledge and experience about the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the National Black Catholic Congress and the African American Apostolate.

The core team organized a local Day of Reflection event on March 3 at St. Mary of the Purification Church. Days of Reflection are being held across the nation in preparation for the Congress.

The Archdiocesan core team members include Deacon Leonard Lockett, Vicar for Catholics of African Descent; Charolette Davis, St. Francis Xavier Church; Barbara Mackie, St. Thomas More Church; Joyce Page, St. Matthias Church; and Evelyn Wagner Wright, St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Congress XI is a time for African American Catholics to renew their commitment to address the challenges of the present. For more information regarding Congress XI, visit †