Catechetical Ministry to African and African-American Catholics



The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis works collaboratively with the Vicar for Catholics of African Descent and the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization to provide support, resources, and advocacy for catechists and catechetical leaders who serve our African, African American, and Caribbean Catholic communities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. 

For more information, contact Amy Auzenne, OEC Director, at / 713-741-8796



Previous Programs

Professional Growth Day for Religious Educators: "What Our Students Don't Know About Black Catholic History (and Why It Matters)"  Workshop with with Kaye Crawford, Th.M, founder of

"Songs of Our Hearts, Meditations of Our Souls: A Lenten Morning of Prayer in the African American Catholic Tradition" at St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church. Featuring reflections from catechetical leaders and clergy of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston, with music from the Catholic African American Ministry Choir. Click here to view a recording of this program.

Upcoming Events

Community Conversations

Using the USCCB's pastoral letter on racism, "Open Wide Our Hearts" as a guide, these monthly dialogues seek to provide safe space for difficult conversations about race, faith, and justice that are grounded in our Catholic teaching of the dignity of the human person.  Each session features a talk by a knowledgeable expert, followed by small group discussion. Sessions meet virtually from 10am-noon on the third Wednesday of each month. All are welcome! Click here to register.

January 17, 2023: Courageous Conversations - Ms. Joyce James will speak about her work facilitating conversations about racial justice as part of the "Courageous Conversations" program in Austin.

February 21: "Write the Vision: Engaging Black Catholic Young Adults" - Mr. Doris Barrow, Campus Minister at Texas Southern University, will speak about the challenges and opportunities of engaging Black Catholic young adults.

March 20: Faith of Our Mothers, Holy Faith - Participants are invited to share stories of the women who formed their faith as part of our interactive Women's History Month program.

Click here to register for this virtual meeting.