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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.

Ministry Updates and Upcoming Events

Black History Month Mass

Due to limited in-person capacity, please consider viewing the Mass online through our livestream: https://saintpatrickscathedral.org/live

The Annual Archdiocesan Black History Month Mass & Observance of the National Day of Prayer for the African American & African Family will be live streamed via St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC) on Sunday, February 7th at 1:00pm.  All are welcome to join virtually! 

This year we’ll celebrate the life and service of others, who we have lost since our last “Gathering” in February, 2020 – “We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe.”  We will acknowledge ALL the special service of our Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Essential Workers (including teachers and pastoral workers).  As we recognize the special service of our essential workers, we will also remember those that we lost in 2020 in a special virtual memorial service, which will be available for viewing on Feb. 7th, online following the Mass and anytime thereafter.  To list a name in memoriam, please complete the form here: https://archny.org/black-history-month-mass-memorial-2021/


Venerable Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Award

2021 Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Application is now open.

To learn more or apply, go to: https://archny.org/application/


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

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