3 February 2021


The Katharine Konnection

Black History Month

Dear Friends in Christ,

The month of February has been celebrated as “Black History Month” in our country for several decades.  Because our faith community is composed of so many parishioners of African descent, I thought you would find it interesting to see a summary of six leaders of African descent who ministered in the United States of America and are on the road to sainthood.  One of them, Mother Mary Lange, was just honored in our parish church building with a new icon, representing the outreach of Saint Katharine Drexel and her religious community to African Americans.  Like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Mother Mary Lange also lived and ministered in our own Archdiocese.  She was a Caribbean immigrant who overcame many odds to establish the first Catholic school for children of color in Baltimore in the early 19th century and went on to establish the Oblate Sisters of Providence. Today, 3 February, is her feast day.  To read about the other five leaders of African descent on their way to sainthood, CLICK HERE.


(Rev.) Keith W. Boisvert


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