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Black Ministry

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Office of Black Ministry is to listen to and promote the aspirations of Black Catholics; to encourage self-reliance, cultural identity, economic self-sufficiency, and spiritual growth; and to work towards the eradication of racism and discrimination, and any and all forms of injustice that may exist within the Church and society.

The Black Catholic Community has been an integral part of the Archdiocese of New York for over 200 years. We include Priests, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters and lay men and women – married and single. We also include one of the only three congregations of predominately black religious sisters in the country, the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, with their motherhouse located in the heart of Harlem. Some of us are native New Yorkers, while others have come here from the various parts of the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, the Continent of Africa and the rest of the world. We speak various languages including English, French, Creole, Spanish, Akan, Ga, Ewe, Nzema, Igbo, Garifuna, and Tigrinya – to name only a few. We stand for life and justice and against violence, racism and all forms of injustice.

Upcoming Events

On Monday, November 1, 2021 the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Program will host its annual Awards Dinner. The Pierre Toussaint Medallion will be presented to Reverend Gregory C. Chisholm, S.J. and Helen T. Lowe as well as posthumously to Reverend Dr. Thomas G. Schaefer.

The Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund provides support, mentorship, mentorship, and ministerial formation to college student-leaders, of diverse cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, who are actively involved in their parishes. The goal of the program is to help our scholars develop into mature leaders in their respective professions, while also assuming greater leadership roles in their parish communities.

For more information or register to participate or support the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner, visit

We value peace, education, and in a very special way, our young and our elderly.